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article imageNaturalist: Let the Pandas Die Out

By Kevin Jess     Sep 26, 2009 in Environment
Naturalist and BBC presenter Chris Packham says that Pandas should be let to die out as a species as they are in an "evolutionary cul-de-sac" and the money spent on protecting them would be better spent elsewhere.
The 48-year-old conservationist said "the species was not strong enough to survive on its own and it would be better to let nature take its course," reports the Mail Online.
According to a WWF expert the Panda could be extinct in as little as 2 or 3 generations, reports Digital Journal.
The Giant Panda is a conservation reliant endangered species. According to the latest report, China has 239 Giant Pandas in captivity and another 27 living outside the country. It is also estimated that around 1,590 pandas are currently living in the wild.
They are threatened by agriculture, logging and China's increasing human population.
In an interview with Reuters, Packham said, "It's not a strong species. Unfortunately it's big and cute and it's a symbol of the WWF, and we pour millions of pounds into panda conservation."
Dr Mark Wright, a conservation science advisor for WWF says, "It is a daft thing for Chris to say, and an irresponsible one. Pandas have adapted to where they live. They live in the mountains where there is plenty of the bamboo they want to eat."
Packham also feels that tigers should go the same way. He doesn't think that tigers will be here in another 15 years.
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