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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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Sympatry of Giant and Red Pandas on Yele Natural Reserve, China

Sympatry of Giant and Red Pandas on Yele Natural Reserve, China

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(p.189) 12 Sympatry of Giant and Red Pandas on Yele Natural Reserve, China
Source:
Giant Pandas
Author(s):

Fuwen Wei

Li Ming

Zuojian Feng

Zuwang Wang

Hu Jinchu

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520238671.003.0022

This chapter presents a study of coexistence between giant pandas and red pandas (Ailurus fulgens). It also determines what resource and habitat characteristics were used by the pandas and whether differential resource and habitat use provided significant separation between the species. Giant pandas fed on bamboo leaves in all seasons. The giant panda occurred at sites on gentle slopes with a lower density of fallen logs, shrubs, and bamboo culms. Conversely, the red panda occurred at sites on steeper slopes with a higher density of fallen logs, shrubs, and bamboo culms. The results clearly show that the two coexisting panda species do have significantly different patterns of resource utilization in the area of sympatry, although their resource niches partially overlap.

Keywords:   giant pandas, red pandas, Yele Natural Reserve, resource, habitat, bamboo, coexistence, niches

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