The latest Red List from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature states that more than a quarter of all known species are currently threatened with extinction – a level unprecedented in human history.
And yet, in amongst all the genuine worries, there are some recent positives. Giant and Red Pandas were, until very recently, heading towards extinction. Now, however, thanks to the efforts of the Chinese Government, international agencies and scientists, they’re off the endangered list.
Wei Fuwen, from the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Zoology joins Stephen to explain just how that happened.
Wei Fuwen is a Professor in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Biology at the Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Science. He’s also the executive Vice Chair of China’s Endangered Species Scientific Commission.
He has spent more than 30 years assessing the past, present and future status of endangered species in China, with a focus on Giant and Red Pandas.
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