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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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Balancing Panda and Human Needs for Bamboo Shoots in Mabian Nature Reserve, China

Balancing Panda and Human Needs for Bamboo Shoots in Mabian Nature Reserve, China

Predictions from a Logistic-Like Model

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Giant Pandas

Fuwen Wei

Guang Yang

Hu Jinchu

Steringham Stephen

University of California Press

This chapter considers the availability of bamboo shoots in light of competition from humans, bamboo rats, and insects. It also investigates the population dynamics of predators (panda) and prey (bamboo). Bamboo supply appears more than adequate to support a several-fold increase in the panda population, so long as losses to rats, insects, and human harvest do not increase dramatically. A panel report reviews several important aspects of effective reserve management: reserve design, training of personnel, long-range planning, and implementation of effective protection programs. Participants identified the primary threats facing the reserves, as well as factors that limit the capacity of reserve personnel and the training needed to make them more effective. In addition, the participants devised a list of problems and priority-action items for the reserves. An opportunity for ecotourism related to pandas exists, but good examples of this approach cannot yet be found in China.

Keywords:   panda, bamboo, humans, rats, insects, population dynamics, effective reserve management, ecotourism

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