Panda population ‘twice as high’ as estimated – Peter Walker

panda256.jpg From Guardian Unlimited:

Twice as many giant pandas could be living in the wild in China as previously thought, scientists said today.

A Sino-British team of experts carried out an innovative analysis of DNA in the reclusive black and white creatures’ droppings.

are notoriously difficult to track down in their native habitat, the mountainous bamboo forests of southern and central China, meaning that population estimates for the endangered species have been sketchy. [Full Text]

See also Giant panda’s future looks brighter by Reuters.

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