The Giant Panda is China’s national animal and an icon for all wildlife. There are two species of pandas: Giant Panda and Red Panda. Both native of central Asia with the Giant Panda's range limited to China and Red Panda stretching westward through the mountainous regions of China, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal. Listed as endangered in the 1980s, Giant Pandas are a recent conservation success story, having been downgraded to "Vulnerable" status in 2016 by the IUCN. China announced in 2021 that it no longer considered the species endangered, following a doubling of the population in 30 years.