It's official - decades of conservation work to save the giant panda have increased its population, taking it from 'endangered' to 'vulnerable' for the
The latest survey, between 2011 and 2014, found a 17 percent rise in the population where it counted 1865 adults living in the wild.
There's no hard data on the number of cubs in the wild, but estimates would bring the population to 2060.
The Chinese government's push to save the cuddly species has been praised, including ending poaching, protecting the animals' habitat, building reserves
and partnerships with international organisations such as zoos.