As the global symbol of wildlife conservation, more money has been spent protecting pandas than any other species.
Today, the main threat to their survival is habitat loss, complicated by the fact that wild pandas are fairly unadaptable creatures: they eat nothing but bamboo shoots and they are finicky breeders, too.
In a larger effort to position itself as a leader for climate change and conservation, China is pouring funds into panda habitats to bolster breeding and long-term survival in the wild. As a result, the landscape for pandas (and panda tourism) is changing fast, with plans to create the Giant Panda National Park by 2023 at a cost of nearly $2 billion.
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