POSTED: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 7:07am
UPDATED: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 7:12am
NBC News — China started work over the weekend on a pilot program aimed at counting the number of pandas in the wild. Since the mid 1970s, China has carried out three giant panda surveys.
The last survey recorded 1,596 pandas in the wild, some 1200 living on a reserve. Officials hope to use DNA in this survey to get an accurate number on how many pandas are left in the wild.