OPINION: We must save pandas and other endangered species

All around China, pandas are dying in bamboo forests and mountains. China is allowing the pandas to become extinct because of deforestation, the process of cutting down large amounts of trees. It will take all of us to get China to protect the pandas and other endangered species around the world!

Pandas have been a cherished animal throughout the world for a long time. But now, because of China’s deforestation, there are only 1,864 pandas left in the world, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). 

 Do you know how much bamboo China is cutting down a day? According to the Pulitzer Center it is, “nearly 800 bamboo trees a day, or about 20 tons.” Pandas will become endangered soon if this keeps up. 

The giant panda lives in a few mountain ranges in central China, mainly in Sichuan, but also in neighboring Shaanxi and Gansu. As a result of farming, deforestation, and other development, the giant panda has been driven out of the lowland areas where it once lived.

WWF’s website states, “By saving pandas, we will also be saving so much more. We will be helping to protect not only these unique forests but also the wealth of species that live in them, such as dwarf blue sheep and beautiful multi-coloured pheasants.”  

Another beloved animal that is facing hardship is the kangaroo. In Australia, there have been many wildfires that are also destroying trees and habitats for kangaroos. These wildfires could have been started by humans or natural causes. 

Kangaroos are not going extinct, but there are many fewer kangaroos than before. Hopefully, Australians are being very careful to prevent forest fires. According to United Press International’s website, 44,000 kangaroos were killed in July 2020 in the Australian wildfires.

Many people are very concerned about the fate of pandas, kangaroos, and other species that are in trouble. Qurat Yaqoob Mir, a Howard County resident and pharmacist, explained, “Yes, I am aware of the fact that pandas and kangaroos are becoming endangered and I think that this has to stop. We will be keeping an eye on them, starting protests and fundraisers, and basically helping them as much as we can.” 

She added, “We need to educate people about them and tell them why these animals are very important to our world. I will spend most of my time trying to save these species and I will try my best to help them.” 

I agree strongly with what Mir said. This has to stop, and we can all play a part in this movement. Thank you so much to Mir for trying your best to save the pandas and endangered animals.

Do you agree with Mir? Even you can help save these awesome animals. All you need to do is tell everyone that you know  about them and spread awareness about them. 

You can help by putting up posters, starting protests, making fundraisers, and even just telling people about the problem. Everything you do will make a difference so that these animals do not disappear completely.

You can learn more about this topic by visiting the World Wildlife Fund’s panda website. Please educate yourself more on this topic, so that you can spread your knowledge to others and protect these vulnerable species.

This little panda does not want to be endangered! You can help save him! Photo courtesy of the World Wildlife Fund