Panda habitat fragmentation in Qinling Mountains will be improved when Panda Corridor is built.
http://english.ourpanda.com/ 2018-09-20 18:26:50
Reporters learned from the Shaanxi Provincial Forestry Department that the construction project of the giant panda ecological corridor in Qinling Mountains, named "Panda Le Tu", was launched recently. The implementation of the project will improve the fragmentation of the giant panda habitat in Qinling Mountains,make the habitat of the giant panda connected, and promote the gene exchange of wild population.
According to the fourth national panda survey, there are 345 wild giant pandas in Shaanxi Province, which live and breed in a habitat of about 360,000 hectares.
Tang Zhouhuai, deputy director of Shaanxi Provincial Forestry Department, said that due to long-term human activities,traffic and hydropower station construction, the habitat of giant pandas in Qinling Mountains formed six local populations.The fragmentation of habitat has not been fundamentally improved. The protection of giant panda in Qinling Mountains is limited by the lack of habitat connectivity and the restriction of population development and diffusion.
The project will establish corridors for giant pandas in areas where wild giant pandas are frequently active and easily accessible, and connect the natural habitats of giant pandas on both sides of the highway by building bridges and clearing highway culverts.
In this project, both sides of the highway along the Giant Panda Corridor and hollow ground in forest will be planted with bamboos for giant panda, such as Jianzhu and Muzhu.The vegetation restoration with forest tending and native tree species planting will be carried out as main means to increase the food resources for giant panda.
It is expected that by 2027,there will be 6 ecological corridors established in the distribution area of giant pandas in Qinling Mountains to facilitate barrier-free communication and promote the development of giant panda population in Qinling Mountains.