Differences Between Red Pandas and Giant Pandas in the Wild Essay

942 Words4 Pages
The article compared the behavior of red pandas (Ailurus fulgens) and giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) in the wild with regards to foraging, daily and seasonal activity, and land use pattern. The purpose of the study was to improve understanding of the nature of the evolutionary relationship between the two species. A combined method of behavior observation and radio telemetry was used to gather the data. The giant pandas (3 males and 2 females) were radio-collared and studied between 1981 and 1983 and the female red panda in 1984 in a 35km2 area in the Wolong Reserve in China. The activity patterns of the red panda were recorded by taking readings from a motion-sensor fitted in the radio-collar once every month from February to…show more content…
The article compared the behavior of red pandas (Ailurus fulgens) and giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) in the wild with regards to foraging, daily and seasonal activity, and land use pattern. The purpose of the study was to improve understanding of the nature of the evolutionary relationship between the two species. A combined method of behavior observation and radio telemetry was used to gather the data. The giant pandas (3 males and 2 females) were radio-collared and studied between 1981 and 1983 and the female red panda in 1984 in a 35km2 area in the Wolong Reserve in China. The activity patterns of the red panda were recorded by taking readings from a motion-sensor fitted in the radio-collar once every month from February to November. The readings were taken every 15 minutes during a 72 hour period. Her approximate locations were estimated using the radio-collar and the sites were studied further in order to understand foraging and resting behavior. Because of the rarity and the density of the vegetation in its range, the red panda was only observed for a total of 3.2 hours on four different occasions. Fecal and vegetation samples were collected every month and analyzed to determine diet composition and the nutritional content. Comparisons in activity patterns were made mainly using data from the female red panda and a male giant panda whose home ranges overlapped. Vegetation mapping through the range and telemetry points provided insight on red panda habitat use.

More about Differences Between Red Pandas and Giant Pandas in the Wild Essay

Open Document