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Giant pandas [electronic resource] : biology and conservation /
edited by Donald Lindburg and Karen Baragona ; with a foreword by George B. Schaller.
imprint
Berkley : University of California Press, c2004.
description
xv, 307 p. : ill., map.
ISBN
0520238672 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Berkley : University of California Press, c2004.
isbn
0520238672 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8411921
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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"The paucity of good works on the giant panda and the plethora of new data recently collected make this volume both important and timely."--Michael Hutchins, American Zoo and Aquarium Association "The editors are to be congratulated for pulling together an august group of authors, including Chinese researchers, for what promises to be the most important source book for giant pandas in print."--Richard P. Reading, Denver Zoological Foundation
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-02-01:
Endemic to the montane bamboo forests of Central China, the panda has life history traits that make it highly vulnerable to extinction. It depends upon the leaves of bamboo for 90 percent of its food, its reproductive rate is slow, its populations are low, and its habitat has been severely reduced and fragmented by logging and agriculture. For the past several decades Chinese and non-Chinese scientists have been studying the species. An international symposium on giant panda biology and conservation, held in San Diego and titled "Panda 2000," brought these scientists together. This book of peer-reviewed papers is a product of that symposium. The papers are arranged in four parts: evolutionary history of the giant panda, panda habitat, panda biology, and panda conservation. As the second scientific book on the giant panda, it complements The Giant Pandas of Wolong (1985), by G. B. Schaller et al. This sourcebook makes a valuable contribution in making accessible to a non-Chinese audience previously unpublished data and the research of Chinese biologists. It will be a crucial addition to mammalogy, wildlife, and conservation biology bookshelves. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers. R. L. Smith emeritus, West Virginia University
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
The slow resurgence in the wild population of giant pandas is one of the great success stories of conservation. This volume covers the research, local commitment & government involvement that made it possible, & includes papers by Chinese scientists whose work has not previously been available in English.
Long Description
The much-loved giant panda, a secretive denizen of the dense bamboo forests of western China, has become an icon worldwide of progress in conservation and research. This volume, written by an international team of scientists and conservationists including Chinese researchers whose work has not been available in English, tells the promising story of how the giant panda returned from the brink of extinction. The most important sourcebook on giant pandas to date, it is the first book since 1985 to present current panda research and the first to place the species in its biological, ecological, and political contexts. More than a progress report on a highly endangered species,Giant Pandas: Biology and Conservationdetails the combination of scientific understanding, local commitment, and government involvement that has been brought into play and asks what more needs to be done to ensure the panda's survival. The book is divided into four parts--Evolutionary History of the Giant Panda, Studies of Giant Panda Biology, Pandas and Their Habitats, and Giant Panda Conservation. It combines the latest findings from the field and the laboratory together with panel and workshop summaries from a recent international conference. Taken together, the chapters highlight how international cooperation has led to better management in the wild and in captivity. The volume also shows how concepts such as buffer zones, links between forest fragments, multiple-use areas, and cooperation with local people who have a stake in the resources--highly relevant concepts for conservation problems around the world--have been key to the panda's survival.
Main Description
The much-loved giant panda, a secretive denizen of the dense bamboo forests of western China, has become an icon worldwide of progress in conservation and research. This volume, written by an international team of scientists and conservationists including Chinese researchers whose work has not been available in English, tells the promising story of how the giant panda returned from the brink of extinction. The most important sourcebook on giant pandas to date, it is the first book since 1985 to present current panda research and the first to place the species in its biological, ecological, and political contexts. More than a progress report on a highly endangered species, Giant Pandas: Biology and Conservation details the combination of scientific understanding, local commitment, and government involvement that has been brought into play and asks what more needs to be done to ensure the panda's survival. The book is divided into four parts--Evolutionary History of the Giant Panda, Studies of Giant Panda Biology, Pandas and Their Habitats, and Giant Panda Conservation. It combines the latest findings from the field and the laboratory together with panel and workshop summaries from a recent international conference. Taken together, the chapters highlight how international cooperation has led to better management in the wild and in captivity. The volume also shows how concepts such as buffer zones, links between forest fragments, multiple-use areas, and cooperation with local people who have a stake in the resources--highly relevant concepts for conservation problems around the world--have been key to the panda's survival.
Unpaid Annotation
An edited volume on the biology, captive management and breeding, and conservation of giant pandas.; this is an important source work intended primarily for specialists.
Table of Contents
Foreword
Introduction : a new dawning for giant pandas?p. 1
Evolutionary history of giant pandasp. 7
Phylogenetic position of the giant panda : historical consensus through supertree analysisp. 11
Phylogenetic placement of the giant panda based on molecular datap. 36
What is a giant panda? : a query about its place among the ursidaep. 38
A paleontologist's perspective on the origin and relationships of the giant pandap. 45
Variation in ursid life histories : is there an outlier?p. 53
Life history traits and reproduction of giant pandas in the Qinling Mountains of Chinap. 74
Studies of giant panda biologyp. 77
Future survival of giant pandas in the Qinling Mountains of Chinap. 81
Genetic studies of giant pandas in captivity and in the wildp. 88
Nutritional strategy of giant pandas in the Qinling Mountains of Chinap. 90
Spatial memory in the giant pandap. 101
Chemical communication in giant pandas : experimentation and applicationp. 106
Chemical composition of giant panda scent and its use in communicationp. 121
Reproduction in giant pandas : hormones and behaviorp. 125
Pandas and their habitatp. 133
Comparative ecology of giant pandas in the five mountain ranges of their distribution in Chinap. 137
Assessing the habitat and distribution of the giant panda : methods and issuesp. 149
Using DNA from panda fecal matter to study wild-living populationsp. 155
Giant panda migration and habitat utilization in Foping Nature Reserve, Chinap. 159
Noninvasive techniques for monitoring giant panda behavior, habitat use, and demographicsp. 170
Mapping habitat suitability for giant pandas in Foping Nature Reserve, Chinap. 176
Restoring giant panda habitatp. 187
Sympatry of giant and red pandas on Yele Natural Reserve, Chinap. 189
Balancing panda and human needs for bamboo shoots in Mabian Nature Reserve, China : predictions from a logistic-like modelp. 201
Management of giant panda reserves in Chinap. 210
Giant panda conservationp. 213
A new paradigm for panda research and conservation : integrating ecology with human demographics, behavior, and socioeconomicsp. 217
China's national plan for conservation of the giant pandap. 226
Biological framework for evaluating future efforts in giant panda conservationp. 228
National survey of the giant pandap. 234
The legacy of extinction risk : lessons from giant pandas and other threatened carnivoresp. 236
Reintroduction of giant pandas : an updatep. 246
Biomedical survey of captive giant pandas : a catalyst for conservation partnerships in Chinap. 250
Conservation education initiatives in China : a collaborative project among Zoo Atlanta, Chengdu Zoo, and Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breedingp. 264
International coordination and cooperation in the conservation of giant pandasp. 268
Conclusion : consensus and challenge : the giant panda's day is nowp. 271
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