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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 25, No. 2, 2004, pp. 137-140
Bioline Code: zr04024
Full paper language: Chinese
Document type: Research Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2004, pp. 137-140

 en Behavioral Difference of Sub-adult Giant Pandas ( Ailuropoda melanoleuca check for this species in other resources ) in Traditional and Semi-natural Enclosures
TIAN Hong WEI Rong-ping ZHANG Gui-quan SUN Ru-yong LIU Ding-zhen

Abstract

The behaviors of sub-adult giant pandas ( Ailuropoda melanoleuca check for this species in other resources ) under two different captive conditions (3 pandas in traditional enclosures and 9 in semi-natural enclosures) were studied in China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda,Wolong Nature Reserve from Jul.to Aug.2001.The duration and the frequency of behaviors were recorded by continuous observation.The findings demonstrate that sub-adults in traditional enclosures spent more time in investigating behavior and marking behavior than those in semi-natural enclosures,and stereotypic behavior of sub-adults in traditional enclosures had an increasing trend yet the difference didn't reach statistic significance.The duration of stereotypic behavior was significantly and positively correlated with the frequency of marking behavior and the duration of investigating behavior.These results indicate that the improvement of captive conditions can help to reduce the time sub-adult giant pandas spend on investigating behavior and the frequency of marking behavior.

Keywords
Giant panda; Sub-adult; Captive conditions; Stereotypic behavior; Marking behavior

 
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