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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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Biomedical Survey of Captive Giant Pandas

Biomedical Survey of Captive Giant Pandas

A Catalyst for Conservation Partnerships in China

(p.250) 17 Biomedical Survey of Captive Giant Pandas
Giant Pandas

Susie Ellis

Anju Zhang

Hemin Zhang

Jinguo Zhang

Zhihe Zhang

Mabel Lam

Mark Edwards

JoGayle Howard

Donald Janssen

Eric Miller

David Wildt

University of California Press

This chapter reviews the major findings from a three-year biomedical survey of China's captive population of giant pandas. Nutrition and nutrient status play essential roles in all aspects of an animal's health, including growth, reproduction, and disease resistance. It is suggested that suboptimal nutrition may indeed be limiting reproductive success by not assuring optimal health. Seminal evaluations in a large cohort of giant pandas indicated that there were good-to-excellent-quality ejaculates collected from all males (with the exception of high proportions of abnormal sperm in males 〈 six years of age). A brief report discusses avenues developed by a team from Zoo Atlanta through which to deliver a conservation message. The chapter addresses the political ramifications of international loans, particularly between China and the United States, and how interpretations of statutes become a critical aspect of these efforts.

Keywords:   giant pandas, biomedical survey, China, captive population, conservation, nutrition, reproduction, United States

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