The Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries are home to more than 30 percent of the world’s giant pandas, consisting of seven nature reserves and nine scenic parks located in the Qionglai and Jiajin Mountains (southwest Sichuan). The sanctuaries constitute the largest remaining contiguous habitat of the giant panda and are a crucial site for captive breeding.
The Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries shelter 109 species of mammals, including endangered animals such as the red panda, the snow leopard and the clouded leopard. 365 bird species have been recorded as well. The sanctuaries are also an incredibly botanically rich area, with between 5000 and 6000 species of flora.
In 2006, the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. They occupy an important position in global conservation efforts, boast exceptional biodiversity and are a leading example of ecosystem management.