Chronology Panda Preservation Events

Year Event
Around 1960 People did not have a strong sense of the importance of wildlife preservation. Rare and valuable species such as golden monkeys and giant pandas were hunted down. Their numbers greatly decreased, causing a sharp decline in their areas of distribution.
1962 China issue the ‘Instructions on the Proactive Protection and Reasonable Utilisation of Wildlife Resources’ to define specific areas and time periods in which hunting is forbidden. It specifically prohibits the hunting of rare species such as the giant panda.
1963 Four giant panda reserve areas are created in Wolong, Baihe, Wanglang and Labahe respectively. These reserve areas mark the beginning of the conservation work for China's wild giant pandas and their habitats.
1980 The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reaches an agreement with the Chinese government to save the giant pandas by carrying out international fund-raising campaigns as well as establishing plans for the conservation of pandas.
1987 The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is created, specializing in endangered wildlife research, breeding, and work related to conservation education and educational tourism. This symbolizes the progress made in the field of protecting giant pandas in captivity.
1988 China promulgates the ‘Law of the People's Republic of China on the Protection of Wildlife’, which listed the giant pandas as a Grade 1 national  protected animal in China.
1992 The ‘Project for the Preservation of Giant Pandas and their Habitat in China’ combines on-site and off-site preservation initiatives, strengthening the preservation of habitats and speeding up the creation of natural reserves. Corridor zones for giant pandas are established to carry out patrols and rescue missions in the wild. In addition to this, studies on artificial insemination are intensified to expand the artificial population.
1999-2003 The Third National Giant Panda Survey is conducted simultaneously in the provinces of Sichuan, Shanxi and Gansu, covering a total area of 2.54 million hectares of land. The findings reveal that giant pandas number approximately 1600.
Last Update : 03/10/2018
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