Chemical Communication in Giant Pandas

Ronald R. Swaisgood, Donald Lindburg, Angela M. White, Hemin Zhang and Xiaoping Zhou

in Giant Pandas

Published by University of California Press

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

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This chapter reviews the recent studies revealing the role of chemical communication in regulating many giant-panda interactions. The identity of marking individuals, their sex and reproductive condition, and their social rank in the community are examples of the message that a panda may transmit via scent. The data presented highlights the importance of chemical communication to giant pandas, and suggests useful applications of scent in the conservation and management of the species, in both the wild and in captivity. There is a clear role in the application of chemical communication for captive breeding programs. The chapter also notes that scent communication in the giant panda is more complex than the simple monitoring of scent marks deposited in the environment.

Keywords: giant panda; chemical communication; sex; reproductive condition; scent; conservation; captive breeding; signaling system

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Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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