I think we can all agree that pandas are some of the loveliest, most cuddly animals on the planet.
At the Chengdu Research Base in China, these cute creatures are placed in a special breeding program and nursery.
These endangered animals are unique, and not just because of how cute they are, but because it’s so hard for pandas to breed.
Females only have about 2-3 days in a year for them to reproduce.
If crossbreeding is successful, they can only give birth to one cub every two years.
Now just imagine a large group of adorable baby pandas, all in one place!
The research facility is a non-profit organization with the goal of saving pandas from extinction.
They are considered endangered species, and their population has shrunk a lot in recent years.
Thanks to the efforts of centers like these, the number of cuddly bears is starting to increase again.
In 2016, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reclassified the panda species from ‘endangered’ to ‘vulnerable’.
According to the most recent survey (2020), they are estimated to have 1,864 pandas left in the wild.
To see more pandas and learn about the research center, visit their website: panda.org.cn