Biomedical Survey of Captive Giant Pandas

Susie Ellis, Anju Zhang, Hemin Zhang, Jinguo Zhang, Zhihe Zhang, Mabel Lam, Mark Edwards, JoGayle Howard, Donald Janssen, Eric Miller and David Wildt

in Giant Pandas

Published by University of California Press

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

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This chapter reviews the major findings from a three-year biomedical survey of China's captive population of giant pandas. Nutrition and nutrient status play essential roles in all aspects of an animal's health, including growth, reproduction, and disease resistance. It is suggested that suboptimal nutrition may indeed be limiting reproductive success by not assuring optimal health. Seminal evaluations in a large cohort of giant pandas indicated that there were good-to-excellent-quality ejaculates collected from all males (with the exception of high proportions of abnormal sperm in males 〈 six years of age). A brief report discusses avenues developed by a team from Zoo Atlanta through which to deliver a conservation message. The chapter addresses the political ramifications of international loans, particularly between China and the United States, and how interpretations of statutes become a critical aspect of these efforts.

Keywords: giant pandas; biomedical survey; China; captive population; conservation; nutrition; reproduction; United States

Chapter.  6920 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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