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Pandamonium by Marsel van Oosten

The giant panda is a so-called conservation reliant vulnerable species. For many years the panda was considered endangered, but in March 2015, the wild giant panda population increased by 268, or 16.8%, totaling to 1,864 individuals. In 2016, the IUCN reclassified the species from “endangered” to “vulnerable”. That’s good news, but the giant panda population is still far from healthy.

Habitat loss and extremely poor reproductive skills are the main reasons the panda is struggling. A fortune is being spent every year to save the panda, and it’s only because of the incredible cuteness factor of this charismatic animal that the conservation efforts have been successful.

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smithsonianmag.com
Canada Is Building a Trail That Measures Almost 15,000 Miles
In 2017, the world’s longest trail will finally be complete
By Erin Blakemore

Excerpt:

When it’s finished next year, the Trans Canada Trail will clock in at 14,864 miles long, nearly 13,000 miles of which are connected. As Anzilotti reports, the trail will open to everyone from cyclists to skiiers, horseback riders and hikers in 2017 and will be the world’s longest recreational trail.

Large swaths of the trail, which is a community-based project that links together pieces of trail owned and maintained by local governments, provinces and other entities, are already complete. Trail officials estimate that already, four out of five Canadians live within 30 minutes of the trail. In keeping with the huge country’s maritime heritage, 26 percent of the trail is on water, which explains why paddling and canoeing are acceptable ways to navigate it.

Nobody owns the trail itself; rather, it’s a linked network of locally administered trail portions. The bigger trail is a patchwork of smaller ones that stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific and circle up to the Arctic Ocean, too. The finished sections are remarkable not just for their number (over 400 community trails), but for their color: green. Some of the trails do have a more urban feel, like sections that go through Ottawa and Toronto), but green space is a priority for trail builders.