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Giant Pandas : Biology, Veterinary Medicine and Management - David E. Wildt

Giant Pandas

Biology, Veterinary Medicine and Management

By: David E. Wildt (Editor), Anju Zhang (Editor), Hemin Zhang (Editor), Donald L. Janssen (Editor), Susie Ellis (Editor)

Paperback Published: 29th November 2012
ISBN: 9781107411555
Number Of Pages: 612

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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.

Industry Reviews

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

The giant panda as a social, biological and conservation phenomenon
The giant panda biomedical survey: how it began and the value of people working together across cultures and disciplines
Factors limiting reproductive success in the giant panda as revealed by a biomedical survey
Significant medical issues and biological reference values for giant pandas from the biomedical survey
Life histories and behavioural traits as predictors of breeding status
Nutrition and dietary husbandry
Male reproductive biology in giant pandas in breeding programmes in China
Endocrinology of the giant panda and application of hormone technology to species management
The value and significance of vaginal cytology
Parentage assessment among captive giant pandas in China
The science of behavioural management: creating biologically relevant living environments in captivity
Evaluating stress and well-being in the giant panda: a system for monitoring
The neonatal giant panda: hand-rearing and medical management
Consequences of early rearing on socialization and social competence of the giant panda
Medical management of captive adult and geriatric giant pandas
Diseases and pathology of giant pandas
Ultrasonography to assess and enhance health and reproduction in the giant panda
Gastrointestinal endoscopy in the giant panda
Historical perspective of breeding giant pandas ex situ in China and high priorities for the future
Role and efficiency of artificial insemination and genome resource banking
Analysis of demographic and genetic trends for developing a captive breeding masterplan for the giant panda
Partnerships and capacity building for securing giant pandas ex situ and in situ: how zoos are contributing to conservation
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ISBN: 9781107411555
ISBN-10: 1107411556
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 612
Published: 29th November 2012
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 14.61  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.79

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