Creative conservation in China: releasing captive giant pandas into the wild
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From November 7 to 11, 2018, the International Conference for the Giant Panda Conservation and Breeding (ICGPCB) was held in Chengdu, China. Over 400 experts from China and other countries shared their knowledge and experience in panda conservation and breeding, addressing multiple topics ranging from nutrition, behavior, disease to community education, and so on (Chengdu Research Base of Giant panda Breeding 2018). On this symposium, it is noteworthy that application of science to panda population restoration is blossoming, with 6 reports addressing releasing captive individuals into the wild.
To reverse human impacts, conservation translocations are extensively adopted in western countries to conserve rare animals, but less attempted in developing countries (Seddon et al. 2014; Armstrong et al. 2019). In China, discussions on captive panda release can be traced back to 1997, when the international symposium on the feasibility of captive-bred panda release was held in Wolong Nature...
This work received financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31900337; 31670530), Ministry of Science and Technology (2016YFC0503200), and Fundamental Research Funds of China West Normal University (18B025; 18Q040).
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