A Chance for Lasting Survival

A Chance for Lasting Survival

Ecology and Behavior of Wild Giant Pandas

William J. Mcshea, Richard B. Harris, David Garshelis, Wang Dajun, Pan Wenshi

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From 1984 through 1995 a small band of ecologists led by Pan Wenshi from Peking University conducted a study of wild giant pandas in the Qinling Mountains of Shaanxi Province. This project was the first Chinese-led conservation project in China and was conducted during a significant transition period in Chinese history, as the country opened its society and science to the world. The project focused on behavioral observation of wild giant pandas, but evolved to include physiology, nutrition, ecology, land-use policy, and population biology as the staff became more aware that the issues with captive pandas (assisted reproduction, unusual diet, and genetic inbreeding) were not the most critical to survival of wild populations. It is evident in this work that, as the scientists gained knowledge, they came to see giant panda conservation as wrapped in landscape ecology and human/wildlife interactions. The group was seminal in the Chinese government's enactment of a logging ban to their study area by advocating for pandas at the national level. The project was summarized in a 2001 volume, but its publication in Mandarin limited its influence on the greater conservation community. This English version of the original work translates, condenses, and refines the original volume, with added contextual chapters on the importance of this volume and how our understanding of giant panda conservation is shaped by this pioneering field work.


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William J. Mcshea:

WILLIAM J. MCSHEA is an ecologist who has worked at the National Zoo's facility in Front Royal, Virginia, since 1986. His research focuses on wildlife management and conservation of mammals and forests. He has numerous publications on wildlife ecology throughout the world and has worked and published on China wildlife since 2001. McShea has co-edited volumes on deer management, oak ecosystem management, and dry tropical forest ecology. He is co-chair of the IUCN Deer Specialist Group and a member of the IUCN Bear Specialist Group.

RICHARD B. HARRIS is a wildlife conservation ecologist and adjunct associate research professor of wildlife conservation at the University of Montana. He is also the editor-in-chief of Ursus, the international scientific journal of bear biology and management, and has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and monographs about his research.

DAVID GARSHELIS is a wildlife research scientist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). Since 1983, as bear project leader, he has conducted studies of American black bears across their geographic range in Minnesota. Since 2004 Dave has served as co-chair of the IUCN Bear Specialist Group, coordinating worldwide conservation efforts on all species of bears.

WANG DAJUN is a wildlife biologist in the School of Life Sciences at Peking University in Beijing, China. His research focuses on the wildlife ecology of western China, specifically endangered species populations and habitat management under human disturbance. He began studying wild giant pandas in 1993 and is now regarded as one of the world's preeminent panda scholars.




WILLIAM J. MCSHEA is an ecologist who has worked at the National Zoo's facility in Front Royal, Virginia, since 1986. His research focuses on wildlife management and conservation of mammals and forests. He has numerous publications on wildlife ecology throughout the world and has worked and published on China wildlife since 2001. McShea has co-edited volumes on deer management, oak ecosystem management, and dry tropical forest ecology. He is co-chair of the IUCN Deer Specialist Group and a member of the IUCN Bear Specialist Group.

RICHARD B. HARRIS is a wildlife conservation ecologist and adjunct associate research professor of wildlife conservation at the University of Montana. He is also the editor-in-chief of Ursus, the international scientific journal of bear biology and management, and has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and monographs about his research.

DAVID GARSHELIS is a wildlife research scientist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). Since 1983, as bear project leader, he has conducted studies of American black bears across their geographic range in Minnesota. Since 2004 Dave has served as co-chair of the IUCN Bear Specialist Group, coordinating worldwide conservation efforts on all species of bears.

WANG DAJUN is a wildlife biologist in the School of Life Sciences at Peking University in Beijing, China. His research focuses on the wildlife ecology of western China, specifically endangered species populations and habitat management under human disturbance. He began studying wild giant pandas in 1993 and is now regarded as one of the world's preeminent panda scholars.




WILLIAM J. MCSHEA is an ecologist who has worked at the National Zoo's facility in Front Royal, Virginia, since 1986. His research focuses on wildlife management and conservation of mammals and forests. He has numerous publications on wildlife ecology throughout the world and has worked and published on China wildlife since 2001. McShea has co-edited volumes on deer management, oak ecosystem management, and dry tropical forest ecology. He is co-chair of the IUCN Deer Specialist Group and a member of the IUCN Bear Specialist Group.

RICHARD B. HARRIS is a wildlife conservation ecologist and adjunct associate research professor of wildlife conservation at the University of Montana. He is also the editor-in-chief of Ursus, the international scientific journal of bear biology and management, and has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and monographs about his research.

DAVID GARSHELIS is a wildlife research scientist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). Since 1983, as bear project leader, he has conducted studies of American black bears across their geographic range in Minnesota. Since 2004 Dave has served as co-chair of the IUCN Bear Specialist Group, coordinating worldwide conservation efforts on all species of bears.

WANG DAJUN is a wildlife biologist in the School of Life Sciences at Peking University in Beijing, China. His research focuses on the wildlife ecology of western China, specifically endangered species populations and habitat management under human disturbance. He began studying wild giant pandas in 1993 and is now regarded as one of the world's preeminent panda scholars.




WILLIAM J. MCSHEA is an ecologist who has worked at the National Zoo's facility in Front Royal, Virginia, since 1986. His research focuses on wildlife management and conservation of mammals and forests. He has numerous publications on wildlife ecology throughout the world and has worked and published on China wildlife since 2001. McShea has co-edited volumes on deer management, oak ecosystem management, and dry tropical forest ecology. He is co-chair of the IUCN Deer Specialist Group and a member of the IUCN Bear Specialist Group.

RICHARD B. HARRIS is a wildlife conservation ecologist and adjunct associate research professor of wildlife conservation at the University of Montana. He is also the editor-in-chief of Ursus, the international scientific journal of bear biology and management, and has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and monographs about his research.

DAVID GARSHELIS is a wildlife research scientist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). Since 1983, as bear project leader, he has conducted studies of American black bears across their geographic range in Minnesota. Since 2004 Dave has served as co-chair of the IUCN Bear Specialist Group, coordinating worldwide conservation efforts on all species of bears.

WANG DAJUN is a wildlife biologist in the School of Life Sciences at Peking University in Beijing, China. His research focuses on the wildlife ecology of western China, specifically endangered species populations and habitat management under human disturbance. He began studying wild giant pandas in 1993 and is now regarded as one of the world's preeminent panda scholars.




WILLIAM J. MCSHEA is an ecologist who has worked at the National Zoo's facility in Front Royal, Virginia, since 1986. His research focuses on wildlife management and conservation of mammals and forests. He has numerous publications on wildlife ecology throughout the world and has worked and published on China wildlife since 2001. McShea has co-edited volumes on deer management, oak ecosystem management, and dry tropical forest ecology. He is co-chair of the IUCN Deer Specialist Group and a member of the IUCN Bear Specialist Group.

RICHARD B. HARRIS is a wildlife conservation ecologist and adjunct associate research professor of wildlife conservation at the University of Montana. He is also the editor-in-chief of Ursus, the international scientific journal of bear biology and management, and has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and monographs about his research.

DAVID GARSHELIS is a wildlife research scientist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). Since 1983, as bear project leader, he has conducted studies of American black bears across their geographic range in Minnesota. Since 2004 Dave has served as co-chair of the IUCN Bear Specialist Group, coordinating worldwide conservation efforts on all species of bears.

WANG DAJUN is a wildlife biologist in the School of Life Sciences at Peking University in Beijing, China. His research focuses on the wildlife ecology of western China, specifically endangered species populations and habitat management under human disturbance. He began studying wild giant pandas in 1993 and is now regarded as one of the world's preeminent panda scholars.

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