Giant Panda Movements in Foping Nature Reserve, China

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Giant Panda Movements in Foping Nature Reserve, China Author(s): Xuehua Liu, Andrew K. Skidmore, Tiejun Wang, Yange Yong, Herbert H. T. Prins Reviewed work(s): Source: TheJournalofWildlifeManagement, Vol. 66, No. 4 (Oct., 2002), pp. 1179-1188 Published by: Allen Press Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3802951 . Accessed: 30/11/2011 22:42 . http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org. Allen Press is collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to The Journal of Wildlife Management. http://www.jstor.org
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GIANT PANDA MOVEMENTS IN FOPING NATURE RESERVE, CHINA XUEHUA LIU,' P. B. 5, International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences, P.O. Box 6, 7500 AA Enschede, The Netherlands ANDREW K. SKIDMORE, Agriculture, Conservation and Environment Division, International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences, P.O. Box 6, 7500 AA Enschede, The Netherlands TIEJUN WANG, Huangjiawan Road 12, Foping Nature Reserve, Shaanxi, People's Republic of China YANGE YONG, Huangjiawan Road 12, Foping Nature Reserve, Shaanxi, People's Republic of China HERBERT H. T. PRINS, Tropical Nature Conservation and Vertebrate Ecology Group, Wageningen University, Bornesteeg 69, 6708 PD Wageningen, The Netherlands Abstract: Observing the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) in the remote mountains of Foping Nature Reserve (NR), China, is difficult due to the dense vegetation and steep terrain. Radiotracking is an effective way to study this animal and understand its behavior and habitat use. We used radiotracking data from 3 male and 3 female pandas to study their movement patterns between 1991 and 1995 in Foping NR. Our results show that the pandas in Foping NR occu- pied 2 distinct seasonal ranges (specifically, winter and summer activity ranges) and had a regular seasonal movement between the winter range below 1,950 m and the summer range above 2,160 m. The pandas climbed from the winter to the summer habitats within a period of 8 days from 7 to 15 June, and descended to the winter habitat between 1 Sep- tember and 6 October. Therefore, the pandas spent about three-fourths of the year (average 243 days) in their winter activity range and an average of 78 days in the summer activity range. Our results provide managers with more accu- rate information about the pandas' movements quantitatively and visually, which can contribute to panda conservation. JOURNAL OF WILDLIFE
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