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Issue:ISSN 1000-7083
          CN 51-1193/Q
Director:Sichuan Association for Science and Technology
Sponsored by:Sichuan Society of Zoologists; Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Foundation; Sichuan Association of Wildlife Conservation; Sichuan University
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Variation of Fecal Steroid Hormone Level of Giant Panda between Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and Dujiangyan Research Center
Author of the article:BI Wenlei1,2, HOU Rong2, FEI Lisong2, ZHANG Zhihe2, CHEN Peng2, LUO Li2, LI Mingxi2, XIANG Zuofu1, GU Xiaodong3, QI Dunwu2*
Author's Workplace:(1. College of Life Science and Technology, Central South University of Forestry and Technology, Changsha 410004, China; 2. Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Chengdu 610081, China; 3. Sichuan Forestry Department, Wildlife Conservation Division, Chengdu 610000, China)
Key Words: giant panda; feces cortisol; enzyme immunoassays (EIAs); ex-situ conservation
Abstract:The objective of this study was to determine the changes of cortisol level of 6 giant pandas that moved from Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding into Dujiangyan Research Center during December 2011 to February 2012. The hormones were extracted from dried feces samples and measured by enzyme immunoassays (EIAs). The results showed that there were significant differences of cortisol level after the 6 pandas were moved into Dujiangyan center. No significant difference was found between age and gender, indicating that environmental factors might be the main reason for hormone changes of giant pandas. Additionally, we also found that the younger individuals showed higher cortisone level and stronger physical stress reactivity than the elders. Our results provide hormone change data for ex-situ and understanding the effect of environmental change on giant panda, which would greatly help for the future conservation management and releasing giant pandas from captive to field habitat.
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