Giant panda Xiao Xin is seen at Qinling Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding of Shaanxi Academy of Forestry in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Dec. 3, 2019.
Giant panda Xiao Xin is seen at Qinling Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding of Shaanxi Academy of Forestry in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Dec. 3, 2019.
Xinhua

The populations of China's endangered wildlife have risen steadily over recent years, the National Forestry and Grassland Administration said Tuesday.

China has stepped up its efforts to protect endangered species during the past few decades, including strengthening the protection of wild animal habitats, cracking down on illegal wildlife trade, improving laws on wildlife protection, and establishing early warning and monitoring systems for wildlife epidemics.

Thanks to the unremitting efforts, the number of wild giant pandas rose from 1,114 in the 1980s to 1,864 at present, while that of Asian elephants rose to nearly 300 from 180 during the period.

Notably, the population of Tibetan antelope more than quadrupled over the past four decades, and the crested ibis population exceeded 4,000 from merely seven in the 1980s.

The country has also established 11,800 nature reserves for wild plants to provide them with a suitable environment in a bid to save the threatened species.

At present, China has nearly 200 botanical gardens, which have collected and preserved more than 20,000 species.

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