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Study: Preserving more habitat for China's giant pandas is having a giant payoff

Saving the giant panda from extinction isn't just good for the bears - it's good for the bottom line too, a new analysis by an international team of scientists shows.

The results, published in the journal Current Biology, highlight the economic benefits that they say go hand in hand with environmental conservation.

"Our analyses indicate that further investment in panda protection can be a beneficial strategy for both people and pandas," the study authors wrote.

Giant pandas, known officially as Ailuropoda melanoleuca, are the rarest of the bear species. They make

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