Whether directly, or indirectly, we are all responsible for the survival of the Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca).

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced at the beginning of September that the Panda's population in the wild has grown steadily over the last two decades, thanks in large part to the Chinese government's intensive habitat protection and reforestation programs, as well as a strong crack-down on poaching.

Thanks to this success, the Panda is no longer Endangered on the IUCN Red List.

Earlier this year, Toyota joined forces with the IUCN, supporting the growth of the Red List with a $1.2 million donation. Toyota's contribution to biodiversity goes beyond monetary donations, too. Since bringing the Toyota Prius to the global market in 1997, Toyota has been at the forefront of carbon-reducing hybrid technology... and that is going to play a big role in the Panda's continued survival.

"Climate change is predicted to eliminate more than 35 percent of the Panda's bamboo habitat in the next 80 years and thus Panda population is projected to decline, reversing the gains made during the last two decades," writes the IUCN, on its webpage.

Slowing climate change depends on every individual's commitment to shrinking their carbon footprint. One of the biggest changes you can make in your life to support future generations of Giant Panda is to drive a more efficient car, and walk or take a bike when you can. Visit DCH Toyota of Oxnard for a wide selection of low-emission vehicles, manufactured with environmental responsibility in mind.

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