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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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Giant Panda Migration and Habitat Utilization in Foping Nature Reserve, China

Giant Panda Migration and Habitat Utilization in Foping Nature Reserve, China

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(p.159) 10 Giant Panda Migration and Habitat Utilization in Foping Nature Reserve, China
Source:
Giant Pandas
Author(s):

Yange Yong

Xuehua Liu

Tiejun Wang

Skidmore Andrew K.

Prins Herbert H.

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520238671.003.0018

This chapter reports that radiotelemetry was used in Foping Nature Reserve to confirm the existence of the pandas' seasonal ranges and the characteristics of the habitat in each, as well as the temporal patterns of movement between them. It is shown that pandas in Foping ascend from winter to summer ranges quickly, in as little as two or three days, as there is very little bamboo available in the transition zones. The findings confirm the belief of Chinese biologists that giant pandas prefer gentle over steep slopes. The data on aspect do not suggest strong preferences, especially in the summer range. A brief report tests whether remotely activated camera systems and barbed-wire hair snares hold promise for panda research. It is concluded that remote cameras and hair snares are of limited value.

Keywords:   giant panda, migration, habitat, Foping Nature Reserve, radiotelemetry, hair snares, remote cameras, temporal patterns

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