Let the Panda Die

BBC nature presenter Chris Packham has caused some upset with his statement that we should “pull the plug” on the giant panda.

“Here’s a species that, of its own accord, has gone down an evolutionary cul-de-sac. It’s not a strong species. Unfortunately it’s big and cute and it’s a symbol of the WWF, and we pour millions of pounds into panda conservation. I reckon we should pull the plug. Let them go, with a degree of dignity,” said Packham.

Living in the mountains of China, pandas are considered an endangered species with various guesses on their actual population from fewer than 1,600 worldwide to less than 2,500 pandas in the wild, with about 250 in captivity. The leading factor in the pandas dwindling population is loss of habitat as a result of human development.

While Packham may have pushed the envelope with his comments, he raised a point regarding the efforts and expenses used to protect only one species because it’s cute when we could be using these resources to protect larger areas of critical habitat.

However, those on the other side easily counteract his argument by pointing out that by protecting the panda’s habitat, or the habitat of any larger species, will act as an umbrella aiding other flora and fauna that live there, preserving biodiversity in the area.

Despite its elusiveness, the panda doesn’t live in isolation. It’s part of a community of other animals, plants and trees that work together in a balance that allows all creation to continue. If the panda, or any species, is lost, no one knows how its link in this web will be filled or what impact it will have on the future of nature.


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Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper4 years ago


sheila L.
sheila l4 years ago

what an atrocity and what kind of person speaks like this, there is no way to let pandas beccome extinct as this person wants greed to supercede their existence.

emily x.
emily x4 years ago


Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga4 years ago

that is so sick, less Money to these bastard humans and more help and Money to the pandas and other animals

Richard Eng
Richard Eng4 years ago

They can't survive because man is destroying their habitat. Pandas are shy animals like Bears. They do not do well in captivity. If we were to be captive and our food sources destroyed, we would be dying off too.

Kay M.
Kay M4 years ago


elegantgypsy rose

we need to give up on the HUMANS. they are fatally flawed, and not worthy of protection. they are rapacious, predatory, destructive, invasive killers, and seem to have gone down the evolutionary garbage chute.
so...chris packham....please organize the march...and lets run all these lemming sheeple off the cliff. let the pandas and everything else take their chances without us... they would do better on their own.

Fi T.
Past Member 4 years ago

It's a pity to see a species die

Sheri Schongold
Sheri Schongold4 years ago

Never give up on the panda. Give up on Packham as he doesn't seem to have anything in his attic.

Nance N.
Nance N4 years ago

Never give up on the Giant Panda.