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Habitat Selection by Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens fulgens) in Gaoligongshan Nature Reserve, China

Habitat Selection by Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens fulgens) in Gaoligongshan Nature Reserve, China

Xu Liu1, 2, Liwei Teng2, Youzhong Ding3 and Zhensheng Liu2*

1Island Research Center, MNR, P.R.C, Fujian, China
2College of Wildlife and Protected Area,Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
3School of Life Sciences, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
 
* Corresponding author: zhenshengliu@163.net

ABSTRACT

From August 2008 to January 2009 we studied habitat selection of red panda (Ailurus fulgens fulgens) in Gaoligongshan Nature Reserve using resource selection functions and resource selection index. Red panda preferred coniferous forest and broad-leaved coniferous forest on eastern and northern slopes located in the mid and upper parts of the hillside in the rainy season, containing larger diameter trees (>30 cm), a low tree density (<6/20 m2), high density bamboo (>70/m2 and 40~70/m2) and few stumps (<3/400 m2). In the dry season, red panda preferred coniferous forest and broad-leaved coniferous forest on eastern and southern  slopes in mid and upper parts of the hillside, containing larger diameter trees (15~30 cm), good hiding conditions (visibility <10 m), a small number of stumps (<3/400 m2) and a high bamboo density (>70/m2 and 40~70/m2).
 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

August

Vol. 54, Iss. 4, Pages 1501-2001

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