Reassessing the conservation status of the giant panda using remote sensing.

Journal Article

The conservation status of the iconic giant panda is a barometer of global conservation efforts. The IUCN Red List has downgraded the panda's extinction risk from "endangered" to "vulnerable". Newly obtained, detailed GIS and remotely sensed data applied consistently over the last four decades show that panda habitat covered less area and was more fragmented in 2013 than in 1988 when the species was listed as endangered.Despite recent IUCN downgrading of the giant panda's conservation status from 'endangered' to 'vulnerable', new GIS and remote sensing data reveal panda habitats to cover less area and be more fragmented than previously.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Xu, W; Viña, A; Kong, L; Pimm, SL; Zhang, J; Yang, W; Xiao, Y; Zhang, L; Chen, X; Liu, J; Ouyang, Z

Published Date

  • September 25, 2017

Published In

PubMed ID

  • 28963522

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2397-334X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2397-334X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/s41559-017-0317-1


  • eng