My endangered wildlife paintings are included in a special category to provide updated information about the protective support that is currently underway by major wildlife conservation partners.
The title could also be “Munch Munch Munch.”
The information below is from the official websites of National Geographic, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. (Please see Artist’s Disclaimer at bottom.)
PROTECTING GIANT PANDAS
Wild pandas live only in remote, mountainous regions in central China. Improved conservation efforts and better survey methods show an increase in the wild panda population. Hundreds more pandas live in breeding centers and zoos, where they are always among the most popular attractions. Much of what we know about pandas comes from studying these zoo animals, because their wild cousins are so rare and elusive.
IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)
Giant Panda: Population is increasing – Vulnerable (2016)
Red Panda: Population in decline – Endangered (2015)
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Wild giant pandas are found in the mountains of central China in dense bamboo and coniferous forests at altitudes of 5,000 to 10,000 feet. Driven nearly to extinction by habitat loss and poaching, these elusive and secretive mammals are among the rarest in the world, with only an estimated 1,800 remaining in the wild.
The low reproductive rate of giant pandas makes them more vulnerable to threats and extinction. China has established a system of nature reserves to protect the species’ forested mountain habitat, and implements conservation and captive breeding programs to protect populations in the wild and to ensure a stable population of giant pandas in captivity.
Title: Giant Panda Panache
(Soft Pastel, Colored Pencil, Ink)
Reference photo for this artwork is from pixabay.com.