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Giant PandasBiology and Conservation$
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Donald Lindburg

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520238671

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520238671.001.0001

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Chemical Communication in Giant Pandas

Chemical Communication in Giant Pandas

Experimentation and Application

(p.106) 7 Chemical Communication in Giant Pandas
Giant Pandas

Ronald R. Swaisgood

Donald Lindburg

Angela M. White

Hemin Zhang

Xiaoping Zhou

University of California Press

This chapter reviews the recent studies revealing the role of chemical communication in regulating many giant-panda interactions. The identity of marking individuals, their sex and reproductive condition, and their social rank in the community are examples of the message that a panda may transmit via scent. The data presented highlights the importance of chemical communication to giant pandas, and suggests useful applications of scent in the conservation and management of the species, in both the wild and in captivity. There is a clear role in the application of chemical communication for captive breeding programs. The chapter also notes that scent communication in the giant panda is more complex than the simple monitoring of scent marks deposited in the environment.

Keywords:   giant panda, chemical communication, sex, reproductive condition, scent, conservation, captive breeding, signaling system

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