Balancing Panda and Human Needs for Bamboo Shoots in Mabian Nature Reserve, China

Fuwen Wei, Guang Yang, Hu Jinchu and Steringham Stephen

in Giant Pandas

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238671
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930162 | DOI:
Balancing Panda and Human Needs for Bamboo Shoots in Mabian Nature Reserve, China

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This chapter considers the availability of bamboo shoots in light of competition from humans, bamboo rats, and insects. It also investigates the population dynamics of predators (panda) and prey (bamboo). Bamboo supply appears more than adequate to support a several-fold increase in the panda population, so long as losses to rats, insects, and human harvest do not increase dramatically. A panel report reviews several important aspects of effective reserve management: reserve design, training of personnel, long-range planning, and implementation of effective protection programs. Participants identified the primary threats facing the reserves, as well as factors that limit the capacity of reserve personnel and the training needed to make them more effective. In addition, the participants devised a list of problems and priority-action items for the reserves. An opportunity for ecotourism related to pandas exists, but good examples of this approach cannot yet be found in China.

Keywords: panda; bamboo; humans; rats; insects; population dynamics; effective reserve management; ecotourism

Chapter.  3956 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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