Giant Panda Migration and Habitat Utilization in Foping Nature Reserve, China

Yange Yong, Xuehua Liu, Tiejun Wang, Skidmore Andrew K. and Prins Herbert H.

in Giant Pandas

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238671
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930162 | DOI:
Giant Panda Migration and Habitat Utilization in Foping Nature Reserve, China

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This chapter reports that radiotelemetry was used in Foping Nature Reserve to confirm the existence of the pandas' seasonal ranges and the characteristics of the habitat in each, as well as the temporal patterns of movement between them. It is shown that pandas in Foping ascend from winter to summer ranges quickly, in as little as two or three days, as there is very little bamboo available in the transition zones. The findings confirm the belief of Chinese biologists that giant pandas prefer gentle over steep slopes. The data on aspect do not suggest strong preferences, especially in the summer range. A brief report tests whether remotely activated camera systems and barbed-wire hair snares hold promise for panda research. It is concluded that remote cameras and hair snares are of limited value.

Keywords: giant panda; migration; habitat; Foping Nature Reserve; radiotelemetry; hair snares; remote cameras; temporal patterns

Chapter.  4535 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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