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Giant Pandas Removed From Endangered List, Drawing Criticism From China

Giant panda cub Bei Bei props himself up on logs at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park on Aug. 22, 2016 in Washington D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Giant panda cub Bei Bei props himself up on logs at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park on Aug. 22, 2016 in Washington D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The iconic black and white panda, long a symbol of efforts to help endangered species, has been removed from the endangered species list by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The move has drawn criticism from the Chinese government, which believes the panda should remain on the list. Host Jeremy Hobson hears more from Here & Now’s animal expert Vicki Croke.

Guest

Vicki Croke, host of WBUR’s The Wild Life blog. The Wild Life tweets @TheWildLifeWBUR.

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