The MCA panda soft toys will be sold at the party division offices and election publicity trucks making their rounds nationwide.
The panda is listed under Category 1 (maximum level of protection) of the Chinese [China] Wildlife Conservation Law of 1988
Why is panda the MCA mascot?
Because it is the recognized symbol of international wildlife conservation
The panda is looked upon as the “ambassador for all endangered species”
MCA = Panda because
(1) MCA is an endangered species, just like the panda
Endangered Species: Definition — species that are likely to become extinct throughout all or a large portion of their range
Panda scientific name: Ailuropoda melanoleuca
(2) MCA is threatened with extinction, just like the panda
CITES is the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
The panda has been put in CITES’s Appendix I.
Appendix I lists species that are the most endangered among CITES-listed animals and plants. They are threatened with extinction.
(3) MCA urgently needs the public to know about its conservation crisis, just like the panda
IUCN is the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization.
IUCN is “the clarion call for fighting the extinction crisis“.
- Present best estimates indicate a total wild population between 1,000–2,000
- There has been a general population decline
- Small population size a threat to the viability of this species
- Natural habitat in isolated mountain ranges
- Reintroduction of captive animals may be limited by lack of suitable release sites
(Source: IUCN Red List)
(4) MCA’s habits and behaviour are like the panda
Pandas spend more than half the day – both daytime and nighttime – just feeding.
The panda does not have the ability to digest its food efficiently and thus derives little energy and little protein from its food consumption.
Because they can consume up to 45 pounds of bamboo in a day, it is sometimes necessary for pandas to travel to a new location once the bamboo supply of an area is depleted.
(Source: Fact sheet, Defenders of Wildlife)
(5) MCA as an Endangered Species requires protection
The most serious threat to the panda is loss of habitat.
The Endangered Species Act is very important because it saves native wildlife from going extinct.
- Once a species becomes listed as ‘endangered’, it receives special protections by the government
- Endangered Species Day is held on the third Friday of each May
“Once they are gone, they are gone forever and there is no going back.”
(Source: Endangered Species Act)
“A giant panda is born pink, hairless (and) blind” — BBC, Nature
What can you do to help the panda?