Giant Pandas Getting National Park That Dwarfs Yellowstone

Giant Panda National Park to be built in China by 2023
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2018 4:25 PM CST
Giant Pandas Getting National Park That Dwarfs Yellowstone
In this Feb. 8, 2018 photo, the world's longest-living panda triplets, Meng Meng, Shuai Shuai, and Ku Ku, eat food in their compound at a zoo in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province.   (Chinatopix via AP)

China's giant pandas will soon have a national park over twice the size of Yellowstone in which to mingle and mate, the AP reports. China's foreign ministry announced Thursday that the Bank of China will provide at least $1.5 billion toward Giant Panda National Park. The conservation park will cover 5 million acres in Sichuan province and is to be constructed by 2023. According to the Telegraph, the park will help pandas on six different mountains reach each other to breed. There are only 1,800 or so giant pandas living in the wild, most of them in Sichuan province, and they're threatened by habitat loss. Officials say Giant Panda National Park will also improve the local economy and help over 170,000 people living in the area out of poverty. (More giant pandas stories.)

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