China now has 422 giant pandas bred and living in captivity with a survival rate of about 88 percent, the State Forestry Administration said Thursday.
In 2015, 43 cubs were born in captivity. Among those, 40 survived and 28 were twins, according to a SFA statement.
The country aims to increase the captive giant pandas population to 500 by 2020. The country has 67 panda sanctuaries.
“The captive panda population enriches the gene pool, helping the species,” the statement said.
A total of 1,864 giant pandas live in the wild in China. In the last five years, four giant pandas were successfully reintroduced into the wild. The SFA said the reintroductions will continue.
Story by Xinhua