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Number of captive giant pandas in China reaches 422

China now has 422 giant pandas bred and living in captivity, with a survival rate of about 88%. The State Forestry Administration says 43 cubs were born in captivity in 2015. Authorities say the next step is to reduce the likelihood of inbreeding and improve their health condition. China aims to increase the captive giant panda population to 500 by 2020.  Experts say the captive panda population enriches the gene pool, helping preserve the species.

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