According to the CCRCGP, at a meeting of experts, held in Jiangxi, in 2019, it was decided that the next release would be one or two pandas into the Jiangxi Guanshan National Nature Reserve.
The nature reserve has a mild climate and a quite intact ecosystem, with abundant bamboo resources and little human interference, which is good for giant pandas and other wild animals to live and reproduce.
Researchers will be able to obtain important data on the pandas adapting to the environment and climate by observing the pandas after they are released into the wild.
The program has high research value for studying the reasons why pandas died out in their historical distribution areas, and predicting climate change’s influence on the current panda population, according to experts.
The historical distribution areas of giant pandas include southwest China’s Guizhou, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, east China’s Jiangxi, Zhejiang and Fujian provinces and central China’s Hubei and Hunan provinces, said Huang Yan, an expert with the CCRCGP.
The program will also help expand the distribution range of giant pandas and reduce the extinction risks of their wild population.
The number of captive pandas stood at 600 globally as of November of 2019. There are fewer than 2,000 pandas living in the wild, mostly in the provinces of Sichuan and Shaanxi.
There were no releases in 2019 and all programs have been suspended in 2020 due to the Coronavirus.