A Chance for Lasting Survival: Ecology and Behavior of Wild Giant Pandas

A Chance for Lasting Survival: Ecology and Behavior of Wild Giant Pandas


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ISBN-13: 9781935623175
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Pages: 370
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

WILLIAM J. MCSHEA is an ecologist who has worked at the National Zoo's facility in Front Royal, Virginia, since 1986. His research focuses on wildlife management and conservation of mammals and forests. He has numerous publications on wildlife ecology throughout the world and has worked and published on China wildlife since 2001. McShea has co-edited volumes on deer management, oak ecosystem management, and dry tropical forest ecology. He is co-chair of the IUCN Deer Specialist Group and a member of the IUCN Bear Specialist Group.

RICHARD B. HARRIS is a wildlife conservation ecologist and adjunct associate research professor of wildlife conservation at the University of Montana. He is also the editor-in-chief of Ursus, the international scientific journal of bear biology and management, and has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and monographs about his research.

DAVID GARSHELIS is a wildlife research scientist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). Since 1983, as bear project leader, he has conducted studies of American black bears across their geographic range in Minnesota. Since 2004 Dave has served as co-chair of the IUCN Bear Specialist Group, coordinating worldwide conservation efforts on all species of bears.

WANG DAJUN is a wildlife biologist in the School of Life Sciences at Peking University in Beijing, China. His research focuses on the wildlife ecology of western China, specifically endangered species populations and habitat management under human disturbance. He began studying wild giant pandas in 1993 and is now regarded as one of the world's preeminent panda scholars.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the English Translation Pan Wenshi v

Foreword to the Chinese Edition Pan Wenshi ix

Preface to the Chinese Edition Pan Wenshi xiii

Acknowledgments in the Chinese Edition xix

Introduction: The Qinling Panda Research Project: Its Context and Importance Richard B. Harris David L. Garshelis William J. McShea Wang Dajun 1

Chapter 1 A Needed Conservation Perspective: The Question of Whether Our Understanding and Policies Are Consistent with Reality 27

Chapter 2 Distribution and Habitats of Giant Pandas in the Qinling 43

Chapter 3 Relationships among Roads, Forest Management, and Pandas in the Qinling 65

Chapter 4 Home Ranges of Giant Pandas 77

Chapter 5 Panda Movements and Activity 107

Chapter 6 Abundance of Giant Pandas 131

Chapter 7 Population Dynamics of Giant Pandas 155

Chapter 8 The Mating System of the Giant Panda 171

Chapter 9 Reproduction and Early Development of Cubs 201

Chapter 10 Qinling Bamboo and the Feeding Strategy of Giant Pandas 231

Chapter 11 Acquisition of Nutrients 271

Chapter 12 Biodiversity on the Southern Slopes of the Central Qinling Mountains 297

Postscript: The People of the Qinling Study Wang Dajun 327

Index 337

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