China Will Relocate 172,000 Humans to Build a Massive Park for Pandas

A massive new park for pandas is about to be built in China, spanning the provinces of Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi. All the government needs to do now to start the project is to get the 172,000 people living in the area to abandon their homes.

According to the Sichuan’s provincial forestry department, the residents are to be relocated soon as the Chinese central government has already approved the construction of the 27,134-square-kilometer park, reported Shanghaiist.

The plan to completely overhaul its system of national parks is part of the Chinese government’s continuing effort to protect the previously endangered animals. Over the years, it has invested millions of dollars in panda research, care, and protection, enabling the species to evade extinction.

China’s latest census, which was conducted in 201,4 found that there were 1,864 giant pandas alive in the wild, a small but significant increase from around 1,000 in the late 1970s, WWF reports.

China has previously announced a plan to build over 20 national parks within five years. The initial phase will see the creation of four national parks that features a particular endangered species: pandas, Asian elephants, Tibetan antelope, and tigers with leopards.

Hopefully, the displaced humans will also be given the proper assistance to cope accordingly with their new environment. It was not reported where the residents will be transferred and how the government plans to carry out the relocation.

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