A new wild giant panda distribution area found in Kangding
http://english.ourpanda.com/ 2018-05-29 16:10:15
Recently, experts from Sichuan Forestry Science Research Institute found a new wild panda distribution area in Maibeng,Kangding City,when they carried out the second national wild animal resources survey on geographic unit of Dadu River.
The newly discovered area is in Maibeng,Kangding,which is not recorded in the third and fourth national giant panda survey.Giant pandas in this area belong to the Qionglai mountain population on a large scale, and are closest to Baisha river local population.
The region has been listed as one of the potential habitats of the giant panda in Kangding in the third and fourth national giant panda survey.
Liu Yang, a researcher at Sichuan Academy of forestry, said that last November, local villagers had catched sight of pandas in the vicinity. However, due to heavy snowfall,it was impossible for experts to enter the relevant regional.
In May,another survey showed the trace of the giant panda (feces and food) was found on the two sample lines, which was confirmed the giant pandas showed up in Maibeng.
The survey found that the ecological environment of giant panda distribution area was original,and the canopy density of the coniferous forest was about 20-40%.
The investigation area was like a "panda's toilet". In addition other protected animals such as golden monkey,wild boar are also distributed in the area.
At present, the Forestry Academy in Sichuan has reported the results of survey to local department of forestry.At the same time,protection areas and institutions should be established to protect the habitat and population of giant pandas.