Giant Pandas: Biology, Veterinary Medicine and Management by David E. Wildt, Anju Zhang, Hemin Zhang, Donald L. Janssen,

By David E. Wildt, Anju Zhang, Hemin Zhang, Donald L. Janssen, Susie Ellis

The large panda is among the world's such a lot well-known animals, yet before the biology of this threatened species has been a secret. With the surroundings present process unparalleled switch at a quick and accelerating expense, can any such hugely really expert species continue to exist? This publication summarizes the current nation of information approximately panda biology, encompassing themes comparable to copy, habit, food, genetics and veterinary drugs. It additionally presents the most recent info on veterinary administration, advances in neonatal care, sickness detection and prevention and using 'assisted breeding' to advertise copy and defend genetic variety.

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Most recently ( July 2005), the National Zoo produced a cub ( Tai Shan, SB 595) by AI which survives at the time of writing. CURRENT STATUS OF THE WORLD’S EX SITU GIANT PANDA POPULATION, INCLUDING THREATS The notion of ‘conservation breeding’ of giant pandas is not new – the Chinese have long recognised this need and produced the first cub in captivity almost 40 years ago. Births in Mexico, Japan and the USA (often following complicated behavioural and reproductive monitoring as well as sophisticated assisted breeding technologies) also demonstrate 9 10 Ellis, Pan, Xie et al.

1997). VALUE OF GIANT PANDAS EX SITU If giant pandas should be maintained in captivity then the role of that population in conservation needs to be clearly articulated. , 1997), then we recognise at least six ways in which the captive population of giant pandas is of conservation value. 1. 2. Ambassadorial value. Few people have been fortunate enough to see a giant panda in the wild. Even so, this rarely glimpsed creature has become a worldwide ambassador for the need to conserve threatened habitats and diverse species.

In fact, the most important part of the guidelines mandated that any loan be connected to enhancement of conservation of giant pandas in nature and not linked to commercial gain. The result was that zoos in the USA were forced to develop highly organised scientific and management plans before being considered as candidates for importing giant pandas from China. There were also substantial financial costs to each loan, generally about $1 million annually for the loan plus additional costs to support the home institution’s research and training programmes in the USA as well as in China (see Chapter 22).

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