Q: Do giant pandas stay active during the day and sleep at night like humans?
A: Researchers have spent years observing giant pandas in the wild and have noticed common trends in daily movements and behaviors.Wild giant pandas normally start to be active before dawn, rest at and reach a second active peak again before sunset, then rest until late at night. Daily routines often change with the seasons. In spring, active time is an equal split between daytime and nighttime. In summer and autumn, daytime activity levels are much higher than at night. Giant pandas have a robust appetite, and normally spend 10 to 12 hours feeding] 8 to 9 hours resting, and 2 to 3 hours playing or climbing.
Q: How keen is giant panda’s sense of smell and hearing?
A: Giant pandas are sensitive to smell and often communicate using scent marks. The markings help them navigate through familiar territory and pathways so they are able to stay in their own territory. They choose food by relying on their senses of smell, not vision. Even on a dark night, pandas are capable of choosing bamboo. In breeding season, a giant panda has the ability to find a mate and deter.its physiological status via their sense of smell. Even when deep in the forest and far away from each other, giant pandas can communicate effectively. Giant pandas have a good sense of hearing too. They are able to identify strange sounds to help them avoid enemies, as well as recognize cubs and mates by familiar sounds.
Giant Panda at Midnight
Early morning on March 5, 2015, a giant panda unexpectedly emerged the fur,rounding woods into the town of Yingdu in Wenchuan County Sichuan province. CCTV cameras captured exciting footage of the animal as it walked along sidewalks while the town slept. To many viewers’ delight, the giant panda even crossed a street on a designated crosswalk. Videos from the record went viral across social media sites around the globe.
The Shan Shui Conservation Center invited expert Go Lei from Peking University in Beijing who answered some questions regarding the incident.
Q: Does the appearance of a wild panda on the street suggest significant habitat and population improvements?
A: This was an isolated case. With only three of video, we cannot confidently conclude if this indicates a change, good or bad, in giant panda habitat or population circumstances.
Q: Whywould a panda leave the forest, ending up in a populated area?
A: Natural after leaving the mother panda could be a factor. Habitat disturbance or degradation also may contribute to panda movements and relocation. With regard to habitat, sub-adult (age 2 to 4 years) giant pandas are likely to long distances after separating from their mothers to expand their feeding grounds. At this stage, the pandas struggle hard to develop the range of activities. Recent surveys show panda activity to be more than previously thought, so it is quite possible for a panda Rom Qiongjai Mountains in the Wolong Nature reserve to turn up in Yinpu, dozens of kilometers away We can infer this panda was not disturbed along Iris way. But, we cannot conclusively say that the panda habit has improved without huffier evidence.
Currently, one of the largest threats to wild giant pandas is habitat and isolation among small population. In order to ensure healthy migration and genetic exchange, the priority is to ensure quality living conditions and to protect wildlife corridors between habitat. A giant panda appearing in a densely populated area could show that such may be in place. We should make use of this chance to raise public awareness of conidors.
Q: How should people deal with pandas and other wild animals wandering into populated areas?
A: WiId animals cannot stay in towns as there is no sustainable food source or Sufficient shelter. Stress, and fear may cause harm to themselves and increase the chances of injury to humans. Do not crowd around, feed, threaten, or attempt to capture wild animals. The best option is to give them plenty of space and avow them to wander back into the wilderness. If appropriate, temporarily evacuate local residents.
In July 2005, an adult female panda wandered into the city of Dujiangyan. The panda showed signs of feeling threatened and refused to climb down the tree when people gathered around and watched. Finally professional staff from Forestry Fire, Public Security and other departments came and relocated her to the Wolong Nature reserve. The whole incident lasted 8 hours.
Another example of what can go wrong took place on March 2014. The local wildlife station in the village of Liziba, Wen County in Gansu province received a report of a wild panda appearing in a populated area. The authorities asked the people to scratch the panda and to prevent it from going back into the forest before they could come to assess the situation. Unfortunately the panda spooked from all the attention and bit a villager in the leg. Eventually the panda was released back into the wild] but it was not without incident.
Q: Is it good for media to emphasize the”adorable” attribute of giant pandas?
A: Media like to use the word “adorable”when reporting on giant pandas, which is actually a misunderstanding. Giant pandas are wild, carnivorous bears. People often try to approach pandas because of their appearances, but often results in injury. Most people are unlikely to meet wild pandas, but there are a large number of captive pandas in China. For Safety’s sake, visitors should not attempt to touch the animals or enter their enclosure. No matter how cute they may look, all wild animals should be observed only from a distance, keeping in mind their protection, human safety, and public health. Humans naturally love to get close to animals, but this often makes animals feel uncomfortable and experience a stress response.
Not only will these reactions harm animals, but also may in turn make them lash out and hurt people. In addition to direct physical damaged the passing of disease is a potential risk. For example, HIV is fore a species of ape and the bola virus is suspected to have come from a bat.
Often the media’s obsession with the “cute and cuddly” perception of animals is unfavorable For the protection of wildlife, In contrast, human captive animals by nuking perform for human entertainment can cause significant to wildlife.
“Wonderful Friends” is a popular television show out of province that problem.Despite the producers’ claims that the show would inspire people to protect animals, that such programming goes against animal protection.Rather than encouraging humans to leave wild animals in nature where they belong, this show promotes treating them as pets, them human characteristics, and stunting their potential by caging and holding them captive.