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Sympatry of Giant and Red Pandas on Yele Natural Reserve, China

Fuwen Wei, Li Ming, Zuojian Feng, Zuwang Wang and Hu Jinchu

in Giant Pandas

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238671
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930162 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520238671.003.0022
Sympatry of Giant and Red Pandas on Yele Natural Reserve, China

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This chapter presents a study of coexistence between giant pandas and red pandas (Ailurus fulgens). It also determines what resource and habitat characteristics were used by the pandas and whether differential resource and habitat use provided significant separation between the species. Giant pandas fed on bamboo leaves in all seasons. The giant panda occurred at sites on gentle slopes with a lower density of fallen logs, shrubs, and bamboo culms. Conversely, the red panda occurred at sites on steeper slopes with a higher density of fallen logs, shrubs, and bamboo culms. The results clearly show that the two coexisting panda species do have significantly different patterns of resource utilization in the area of sympatry, although their resource niches partially overlap.

Keywords: giant pandas; red pandas; Yele Natural Reserve; resource; habitat; bamboo; coexistence; niches

Chapter.  5852 words. 

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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