Anna Beech, Marc Brody, Restoring the Balance between People and Nature, The Solutions Journal, Volume 5, Issue 4, July 2014, Pages 91-99 ( Abstract: Giant pandas have lost vast areas of their natural habitat. The loss is because of rapid economic development in China, a nation that is making the fastest transition in human history from an agrarian to industrialized society. Only 1,600 giant pandas remain in the wild, with just more than 300 in zoos and captive breeding programs. The goal is shifting to moving pandas from captive breeding programs into native habitats. A Symbol of Hope and Opportunity to Conserve Habitat Over the last few decades, “panda diplomacy” has been used in China to foster positive relations with foreign countries—an innovative program that loans giant pandas to zoos across the world. The policy allows millions of people to experience pandas firsthand, and this program earns significant revenues to support panda conservation in China. At the end of 2012, there were approximately 330 giant pandas in captivity, demonstrating the Chinese government’s commitment and ability to breed pandas in … Topics: Community; Conservation