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See 23 baby pandas make their public debut at China's Chéngdū panda research base

Twenty-three giant panda cubs have made their debut to the public at Chéngdū Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, delighting onlookers who admired the conservation site’s newest members.

23 giant panda cubs make their debut to the public at the Base of Giant Panda Breeding on September 29, 2016 in Chengdu, China. All the 23 panda cubs were born in the base this year.
23 giant panda cubs make their debut to the public. Image by VCG/VCG via Getty Images

The panda cubs were seen on 29 September in Chéngdū, China. The research base is one of the most popular attractions in that region of China – as pandas are seen as a symbol of both the country and conservation efforts.

23 giant panda cubs make their debut to the public at the Base of Giant Panda Breeding on September 29, 2016 in Chengdu, China. All the 23 panda cubs were born in the base this year.
23 giant pandas make their debut to the public. Image by VCG/VCG via Getty Images

The research base is focused on helping the animal breed and all the 23 panda cubs were born at the base this year.

23 giant panda cubs make their debut to the public at the Base of Giant Panda Breeding on September 29, 2016 in Chengdu, China. All the 23 panda cubs were born in the base this year.
23 giant panda cubs make their debut to the public. Image by VCG/VCG via Getty Images

In September, the International Union for Conservation of Nature reported that the giant panda was taken off the endangered list following conservation efforts.

23 giant panda cubs make their debut to the public at the Base of Giant Panda Breeding on September 29, 2016 in Chengdu, China. All the 23 panda cubs were born in the base this year.
23 giant pandas make their debut to the public. Image by VCG/VCG via Getty Images

The panda is now considered “vulnerable”, not “endangered”, due to its growing numbers in the wild in China.

23 giant panda cubs make their debut to the public at the Base of Giant Panda Breeding on September 29, 2016 in Chengdu, China. All the 23 panda cubs were born in the base this year.
23 giant pandas make their debut to the public. Image by VCG/VCG via Getty Images

However, giant pandas in the wild still face the loss of habitat, as climate change is set to eliminate about 35% of bamboo habitat in the next 80 years.