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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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Reproduction in Giant Pandas

Reproduction in Giant Pandas

Hormones and Behavior

(p.125) 8 Reproduction in Giant Pandas
Giant Pandas

Snyder Rebecca J.

Lawson Dwight P.

Zhang Anju

Zhang Zhihe

Luo Lan

Zhong Wei

Huang Xianming

Czekala Nancy M.

Bloomsmith Mollie A.

Forthman Debra L.

Maple Terry L.

University of California Press

This chapter investigates the behavioral factors linked with reproductive failure in a captive population housed at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and the Chengdu Zoo. It is found that changes in estrone conjugates correlated significantly with changes in behavioral values for nine of the behaviors measured. Feeding and olfactory investigation were significantly negatively correlated with estrone conjugates. The data also support the conclusion that vocalizations are essential for mediating encounters between males and females. The chapter observes three behaviors—scent marking, bleating, and locomoting—to be significantly positively correlated with changes in androgen concentrations in one of three males during the mating season. Additionally, contact with females encourages males to perform behaviors associated with sexual interest. Males and females both rely on behavioral cues and feedback from potential mates for reproduction to take place.

Keywords:   giant panda, reproduction, estrone conjugates, scent marking, bleating, locomoting, feeding

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