We may have celebrated the giant panda no longer being endangered, but China wants them to stay on the list.

On Sunday, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reclassified the furry black-and-white bears from “endangered” to “vulnerable,” meaning giant pandas are less likely to go extinct.

While this seems like reward for decades of conservation work done in China and in other countries, China says downgrading the giant panda’s status may lead to less effort spent protecting the species.

The government’s State Forestry Administration said in a statement on Tuesday that the decision by the international conservation group comes “too soon.” Read more…

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China insists the giant panda should remain on the endangered list