The giant panda is no longer an endangered species, following decades of work by conservationists to save it.

The official status of the much-loved animal has been changed from “endangered” to “vulnerable” because of a population rebound in China.

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Time For Truth: (BBC News) – Giant pandas rebound off endangered list

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On an August morning in 2008, Tony Wyss-Coray sat in a conference room at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, California, waiting for his lab’s weekly meeting to begin. Wyss-Coray, a professor of neurology at Stanford University, was leading a young group of researchers who studied ageing and neurodegeneration. As a rule, the gatherings were forgettable affairs – the incremental nature of scientific progress does not lend itself to big surprises. But a lab member scheduled to speak that day had taken on a radical project, and he had new results to share.

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The expert who trained TV’s Flipper before becoming an ardent campaigner to protect the highly intelligent sea mammals spoke about watching a dolphin die in front of him as it pleaded for help.

O’Barry, 76, starred in the Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove, which highlighted the gruesome reality of Japan’s Taiji dolphin drive with its gory scenes of blood-stained seas, and revealed his heartbreak at the start of a London demonstration.

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