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Giant pandas mapped: Study

Giant pandas mapped: Study

Giant pandas mapped: Study

Pandas have been among the most mysterious animals. They are beautiful and fascinating and the whole world seems to be making a concerted effort to save them.

Now researchers associated with the Michigan State University (MSU) have come out with a comprehensive study on the lives and struggle of pandas. The study is the most reliable ever done regarding them thus far and as many as five pandas were kept on watch through GPS monitoring for months.

This continuous and non-stop monitoring seems to give the most reliable look to this study by the Michigan State University

Co-author of the study Jindong Zhang who is a post-doctoral fellow at the university says, “This was a terrific chance to get a peek into the panda’s secretive society that has been closed off to us in the past.” Hull adds, “Once we got all the information in the computer system we could see where they go and map it. It was so fascinating to sit down and watch their whole year unfold just before you like a tiny window into their world.”

giant pandaThe study brings many new aspects of pandas lives into the public domain. “Pandas are such an elusive species and it really is extremely tough to observe them in wild, so we have not had a good image of where they are from one day to the subsequent”, says Vanessa Hull, a analysis associate at MSU’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS).

Researchers kept both male and female pandas under their watchful eyes through GPS tracking. The 5 pandas included as many as 3 female adults named Pan Pan, Mei Mei and Zhong Zhong, a young female Extended Lengthy and a male dubbed Chuan Chuan. The five were caught, collared and then tracked for almost two years from the year 2010 to 2012 in the Wolong Nature Reserve in southwest China.

The Chinese government is protective of its endangered pandas and for extra than a decade banned putting GPS collars on them. Though a handful of studies have tracked some, this is a single of the first occasions technologies has been applied that provided more detail on the pandas’ movements and how they interact with one particular a different over time.

A single of the most significant surprises: The pandas appear to hang together occasionally. Generally renowned for being loners, three in this group — Chuan Chuan, Mei Mei and Lengthy Extended — had been located to be in the very same element of the forest at the same time — for various weeks in the fall and outdoors the usual spring mating season.

Unlike the common perception, pandas are not that lonely. In fact they hanged out quite frequently, finds the study. “We can see it clearly wasn’t just a fluke, we could see they have been in the similar areas, which we in no way would have anticipated for that length of time and at that time of year”, says Hull.

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