Description - Giant Pandas by David E. Wildt
The giant panda is one of the world's most recognized animals. With the environment undergoing unprecedented change at a rapid and accelerating rate, can such a highly specialized species survive? This 2006 book summarizes panda biology and encompasses topics such as reproduction, behaviour, nutrition, genetics and veterinary medicine. It also provides information on veterinary management, advances in neonatal care, disease detection and prevention and the use of 'assisted breeding' to promote reproduction and preserve genetic diversity, as the females are sexually receptive for only 3 days per year and generally produce twins, but often lose one due to maternal neglect. This book provides the scholarly knowledge that will help conserve this treasured species in nature, while there is still time.
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(228mm x 152mm x 34mm)
Cambridge University Press
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DAVID WILDT is Senior Scientist and Chairman of the Department of Reproductive Sciences at Smithsonian's National Zoological Park. ANJU ZHANG is the former Director of the Giant Panda Technical Committee in China under the auspices of the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens. HEMIN ZHANG is Director of Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan Province. Both Anju Zhang and Hemin Zhang are among China's leading authorities on giant panda reproduction and health. DONALD L. JANSSEN is Director of Veterinary Services at the Zoological Society of San Diego. SUSIE ELLIS is Vice President of the Indonesia and Philippines Program at Conservation International, based in Washington DC.