China Is Getting a Giant Panda National Park

A giant panda national park will be built in China. It will spread over 10,476 square miles and should be finalized this fall.

The national park will connect 67 panda reserves in the southwestern province of Sichuan — the place where more than 80% of world’s pandas live.

As China Daily reports, China’s National Forestry and Grassland Administration wants to connect the reserves so the different groups of pandas can interbreed and boost the panda population while improving the genetic diversity.

“Giant pandas will be the major species under protection in the national park. Apart from them, more than 8,000 kinds of wildlife, including snub-nosed monkeys, will also benefit,” said Yang Chao, the administration’s director.