Captive animals in two giant panda reserves survived the major earthquake that hit China last week. Concern arose in the international wildlife community over damage to the animals' habitat caused by one of the most significant earthquakes in recent memory. The mountainous, densely wooded region of the Sichuan province is the natural habitat for most of the 1,200 giant pandas living in the wild. In the late 1990s, the captive giant panda population was in decline, with more animals dying than were born. Thanks to a collaborative effort with American scientists, the trend has been reversed.