State media say police in southwestern China have arrested 10 people for killing a female giant panda, an endangered species that tops China's list of protected animals.

China Central Television said Wednesday that forest police in Yunnan province recovered panda skin, panda meat, bones and an internal organ from the poachers. If convicted, the suspects could be jailed for years.

A recent census shows the wild panda population grew by 268 to a total of 1,864 in China since the last survey ending in 2003.

Poaching is limited and is not believed to be a major threat to the panda population. Their parts are believed to fetch high prices on the black market however because of their rarity.