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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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Preliminary?Investigation?on?Distributions?of?Giant Panda?Scent?Mark?Trees?in?Wolong?National Nature?Reserve?Sanjiang?Area
Author of the article:SHI Xiao-gang, HU Qiang, JIN Sen-long, WANG Mao-lin, YANG Cheng, PENG Xiao-hui
Author's Workplace:(The Wolong National Nature Reserve Sanjiang Protection Station, Wenchuan, Sichuan Province 623000, China)
Key Words:giant panda; estrus sites; scent mark trees; scent mark

In order to study giant panda’s estrus site, to provide evidence for determining the key protection area,and to further understand the life history and biology of giant pandas, we investigated the scent mark trees at giant panda breeding sites in Wolong National Nature Reserve in early may 2011.Based on 5 surveys on 5 transects, we recorded species, height, and DBH of 594 trees on the transects of possible panda breeding sites. We documented 16 scent mark trees, 12 (75.00%) trees were seated on flat gradient below 20 degrees. 13 (81.25%) trees were located on the animal path. Average DBH of scent mark trees was 56.5 cm±20.7 cm (n=16),13 (81.25%) trees were Tsuga spp. 15 (93.75%) trees’ bark were rough. Average height of scent mark was 53.7 cm±20.3 cm (center above the ground). From the results and the field infrared cameras photos, the Wolong Nature Reserve preliminary suggested that the Dujuanhaizi area is vital habitats of the giant panda population during the spring mating season and had enhanced giant panda protection in this area by applying appropriate protection policy, and increasing patrolling frequency.

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