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Issue:ISSN 1000-7083
          CN 51-1193/Q
Director:Sichuan Association for Science and Technology
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Preliminary Survey for the Giant Panda Reintroduce to Huayingshan
Author of the article:ZHANG Mingchun1, HUANG Jinyan1, HUANG Yan1, LIU Dian1, XIE Hao1, LI Desheng1, ZHANG Guiquan1, WANG Pengyan1, ZHOU Xiaoping1, ZHONG Yi2, ZHANG Hemin1*
Author's Workplace:(1. China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, Wenchuan, Sichuan Province 623006, China; 2. China Wildlife Conservation Association, Beijing 100714, China)
Key Words: ex-situ conservation; habitat for release; bamboo biomass; water; anthropogenic disturbance
Abstract: ex-situ conservation is one of the most important approaches to save the endangered species. When the population size of captive giant panda increase steadily and can be sustained by themselves, some of them should be released to the wild to rescue small populations and enlarge the distribution areas. Importantly, the first step is to find a suitable habitat for them. Huayingshan is the historical distribution area of giant panda and the fossil of A. melanoleuca baconi was found in 1993. Plentiful food resources (530 kiloton bamboos at present with 99 kiloton net gain per year) for giant panda was observed in this area which are enough for a small population. The government and villagers greatly support the project that sending giant panda back to Huayingshan, and the gentler slope of which will make monitoring work easier to perform. However, the human activity’s interference was significant in this area, and some places are far from water resources, the vegetation type is less, and infection rate of the canine parvovirus was high. These questions can be solved after the reserve was built. In another side,  the temperature is high in summer, and the qualities of habitats are different from the giant panda’s natural habitat, in addition to the undetected impacts on the releasing of  giant panda several works (e.g. wireless monitor) should be taken throughout all steps of the reintroduction to promote the giant panda’s inhabit in Huayingshan.
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