Giant Pandas

Edited by Donald Lindburg

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238671
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930162 | DOI:
Giant Pandas

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The much-loved giant panda, a secretive denizen of the dense bamboo forests of western China, has become an icon worldwide of progress in conservation and research. This book, written by an international team of scientists and conservationists including Chinese researchers whose work has not previously been available in English, tells the story of how the giant panda returned from the brink of extinction. It presents current panda research and places the species in its biological, ecological, and political contexts. More than a progress report on a highly endangered species, the book details the combination of scientific understanding, local commitment, and government involvement that has been brought into play and asks what more needs to be done to ensure the panda's survival. It is divided into four parts—Evolutionary History of the Giant Panda, Studies of Giant Panda Biology, Pandas and Their Habitats, and Giant Panda Conservation. The book combines the latest findings from the field and the laboratory together with panel and workshop summaries from a recent international conference. Taken together, the chapters highlight how international cooperation has led to better management in the wild and in captivity. The book also shows how concepts such as buffer zones, links between forest fragments, multiple-use areas, and cooperation with local people who have a stake in the resources have been key to the panda's survival.

Keywords: giant panda; bamboo forests; western China; conservation; extinction; highly endangered species; panda research; international cooperation; buffer zones; multiple-use areas

Book.  323 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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