Panda as symbol of environmental optimism: success story hides dark truth

Panda as symbol of environmental optimism

As you know, the giant panda is one of the species that was on the verge of the extinction. Today, the scientists consider the animal as a symbol of environmental optimism. The number of individuals has increased. In the 80s of the last century, the panda was recognized as a symbol of the conservation movement. For the sake of its preservation, almost 70 reserves have been created in China, along with a huge number of corridors for wild animals.

The latest census shows that all the efforts have paid off. Today, there are 1,864 pandas in the wild, and in the late 70s there were no more than a thousand. But in their latest study, the scientists found a strange relationship.

Anything that is good for a panda is not necessarily welcomed by the rest of the ecosystem. Over the past 10 years, the environmentalists have studied the photographs taken by camera traps and found that in those places that pandas have chosen, the leopard, snow leopard, and wolf have almost completely disappeared. Their number has noticeably decreased in the protected areas organized for the panda.

The sad truth of preserving species like the panda has shown that the process has not benefited any other species or the ecosystem as a whole. The scientists admit that investing time and money in the conservation of one species has destroyed the attitude towards the conservation of other animals.

After the discovery, science has the question: does man really know how to protect the ecosystem and save wildlife from extinction? In the second half of the 20th century, the dominant idea was to preserve certain species.

Various groups of animal rights defenders, support groups were organized, which used their forces to protect and protect certain species. That approach has been effective, but only to a certain extent. Many other species have become endangered due to increased human activity in that direction.

Today, the conservationists attach much more importance to protecting ecosystems and entire landscapes. The logic is that you can effectively maintain the ecology of the area in order to view it as a multifunctional system.