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PostSubject: Wild Panda populations ...a cause for concern   Fri Jun 13, 2008 11:31 am

From Asia Pacific News today ...oh this strikes to the very core of my fear for the pandas survival in the wild. This has been in the back of my mind since the quake and now is being talked about here

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/353902/1/.html

Water pollution, terrain changes as well as potentially throwing off a species reproductive cycle can be devistating.

All we can do is keep supporting the breeding programs in the meantime and hope the pandas find their way through this challenge in the wild.

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PostSubject: Re: Wild Panda populations ...a cause for concern   Fri Jun 13, 2008 11:37 am

Sandra, if you'd take the period off the end of the URL, we could access it. I tried to cut and paste but couldn't do that and wasn't quick enough to remove the period before it went to the error page. Would love to see it!

I did read on the SDZ blog comments that the quote that 15 pandas had died in the wild at one reserve actually said 15 animals had died, including two takin, but said the pandas' whereabouts was not known.

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PostSubject: Re: Wild Panda populations ...a cause for concern   Fri Jun 13, 2008 1:06 pm

This is so heartbreaking. I had been wondering, since they hadn't said much about the wild ones. Thanks for posting the link.
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PostSubject: Re: Wild Panda populations ...a cause for concern   Fri Jun 13, 2008 7:16 pm

Thanks for correcting the link! That's devastating news; I hope when more surveying can be done that the damage is less than they thought--83% of the pandas' habitat!!
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PostSubject: Re: Wild Panda populations ...a cause for concern   Fri Jun 13, 2008 8:01 pm

Wild pandas are wild and live away from "civilisation". Under normal circumstances, they are hard to locate, so why should humans think it'd be easier to find them now after the earthquake? Did humans think the wild pandas would come into the cities to look for help?

No, their wild instincts would have them going further from the cities and into safer places. It has been reported that animals have a keener sense than humans and have been known to sense trouble (e.g., the tsunami in 2004) and to move to safer locations before trouble strikes.

I would think the wild pandas have moved further up to a safer location beyond current means of human detection. Unfortunately, what humans cannot locate, they say is dead. Not true. At least, I don't think so.
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PostSubject: Re: Wild Panda populations ...a cause for concern   Fri Jun 13, 2008 8:54 pm

I think the article really revolves around the fact that there are so few pandas left in the wild that any dispruption to their normal routine is considered a major concern. The pollution to the water sources alone is on the top of the list.

Pandas have survived for thousands of years through disaster after natural disaster but this one is unique in that the numbers in the wild have never been as low as they are at this point in history . To top it off the pandas are very concentrated in a specific territory, namely the epicenter of the quake.

Hopefully they will rise above this adversity as well and continue to breed and populate in the wild. I can understand why there is concern tho and speculation.....lets hope it's unfounded.

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