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Food Habits and Selection for Umbrella Bamoo (Fargesia robusta) of Wildness Training Giant Panda
Author of the article:ZHOU Shi-qiang, HUANG Jin-yan, LI Wei, LIU Bin, XIE Hao, YANG Jie, WANG Peng-yan, ZHANG He-min
Author's Workplace:(China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, Key Laboratory for Reproduction and Conservation Genetics of Endangered Wildlife of Sichuan Province, Wolong, Sichuan Province 623006)
Key Words:reintroduction; training; giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca); food habit; umbrella bamboo (Fargesia robusta); selection and utilization; Wolong Nature Reserve
Abstract:The food habits and selection for the umbrella bamboo of the wildness training giant panda “Xiangxiang” was studied from July 2003 to September 2004 in Wolong Nature Reserve. We determined food items from the direct observations of foraging behavior and from the type classifications of training panda’s droppings. The selection and utilization of umbrella bamboo of the training panda was investigated by the sampling methods and analyzed by the statistical software of SPSS. In the training area, the main diets of the training panda “Xiangxiang” included the adult bamboos, young bamboos, bamboo shoots and dead bamboos of umbrella bamboo and its organs, some of Yushania brevipaniculata, grass and Smilax stans stems. The seasonal variation of food composition of training panda was similar to the wild giant pandas. The training panda mostly ate the branches and leaves of umbrella bamboo from September to December, the adult bamboo’s stalks of umbrella bamboo from June to April, the shoots of umbrella bamboo in May, and the young umbrella bamboo’s stalks from June to August. Meanwhile, the training panda preferred to choose thick adult stems and shoots and young stems (basal diameter > 12 mm), but it is obviously different from the bamboos selected and utilized by the training panda in each age class of umbrella bamboo.
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