Panda update


in Science, The environment

Emily Horn and Milan Ilnyckyj

An article from the always-interesting Christmas issue of The Economist provides an update on the state of the panda: covering captive and wild populations, as well as new scientific thinking about what caused their endangerment. Pandas are widely cited as a truly hopeless animal. They are inept at and uninterested in reproduction, with females only fertile for 3-4 days a year anyhow. They are also only willing to eat a single food that is thoroughly lacking in calories and dies off en masse at regular intervals.

That said, captive populations seem to be on the rise thanks to better breeding techniques, while policies intended to prevent floods caused by deforestation have served indirectly to protect some wild habitat. It seems that despite their challenges – both natural and man-made – pandas will prove charismatic enough to endure.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Milan December 20, 2007 at 12:43 pm

This heavily armed panda may be a bit harder to drive to extinction than its more docile brethren.

Hilary December 24, 2007 at 5:22 pm

I know where that panda got those guns! Message three, Pistols for Pandas. And if this html doesn’t work, everyone can just dig the addresses out themselves. :)

R.K. December 25, 2007 at 9:44 pm

That’s a sweet photo.

Emily Horn December 28, 2007 at 4:58 pm

That’s a sweet photo.

I agree.

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