Investigation by the State Forestry Administration found that by the end of 2013
China had 1,864 giant pandas alive in the wild, marking an increase of 268
individuals, or 16.8% (AFP Photo/Ed Jones)
Two pandas are seen eating bamboo at the research base
for giant panda breeding, in Chengdu, the capital of China's
southwestern province of Sichuan, on November 22,
2011 (AFP Photo/Liu Jin)
Conservation group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) welcomed the increase in the giant panda numbers.