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Giant Pandas


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1. The giant panda as a social, biological and conservation phenomenon; 2. The giant panda biomedical survey: how it began and the value of people working together across cultures and disciplines; 3. Factors limiting reproductive success in the giant panda as revealed by a biomedical survey; 4. Significant medical issues and biological reference values for giant pandas from the biomedical survey; 5. Life histories and behavioural traits as predictors of breeding status; 6. Nutrition and dietary husbandry; 7. Male reproductive biology in giant pandas in breeding programmes in China; 8. Endocrinology of the giant panda and application of hormone technology to species management; 9. The value and significance of vaginal cytology; 10. Parentage assessment among captive giant pandas in China; 11. The science of behavioural management: creating biologically relevant living environments in captivity; 12. Evaluating stress and well-being in the giant panda: a system for monitoring; 13. The neonatal giant panda: hand-rearing and medical management; 14. Consequences of early rearing on socialization and social competence of the giant panda; 15. Medical management of captive adult and geriatric giant pandas; 16. Diseases and pathology of giant pandas; 17. Ultrasonography to assess and enhance health and reproduction in the giant panda; 18. Gastrointestinal endoscopy in the giant panda; 19. Historical perspective of breeding giant pandas ex situ in China and high priorities for the future; 20. Role and efficiency of artificial insemination and genome resource banking; 21. Analysis of demographic and genetic trends for developing a captive breeding masterplan for the giant panda; 22. Partnerships and capacity building for securing giant pandas ex situ and in situ: how zoos are contributing to conservation.

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First published in 2006, this book summarizes panda biology, encompassing topics such as reproduction, behaviour, nutrition, genetics and veterinary medicine.


Review of the hardback: 'Much of the information presented here is not easily available elsewhere and such this is a precious and scholarly resource for those working with these unique animals.' Biologist
Review of the hardback: 'The purpose of this book is exactly that of the title, to bring together as much reliable information as possible on the biology, medical treatment, and management of Giant Panda.' Biologist
"This book is a necessary addition to the conservation biology library to round out the story of efforts and problems involved in saving the giant panda." Choice
"This is an exceptional publication presenting a wealth of current knowledge on giant panda biology, including health, behavior, reproductive physiology, genetics and species management.... The book, which is written and edited very well, includes the results of the [IUCN-World Conservation Union] survey in detail, along with data tables, photographs and up-to-date reference lists.... It also demonstrates the tremendous rewards to be gained from multidisciplinary and multinational projects despite considerable political, logistical, and linguistic challenges, as well as the importance of documenting procedures in new species." Graham J. Crawshaw, BVetMed, MS, MRCVS, Dipl, ACZM; Senior Veterinarian, Toronto Zoo

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