The Chinese government reported the statistics and there are now 1,864 wild giant pandas living in central China’s Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu Provinces. This is an increase from the last time giant pandas were surveyed in 2003, which reported 1,596. This is about a 17% increase in over a decade. According to the numbers, 67% of wild pandas ive within the 67 nature reserves in China, and about 1/3 of the wild pandas remain outside the protected areas. 27 nature reserves have been made since the 2003 survey. This is the fourth National Giant Panda Survey that is supported in part by the World Wildlife Fund.
To survive the pandas, researchers find scat samples that contain bamboo and have taken DNA from fecal and mucus samples.