ACTA Theriologica Sinica ›› 2015, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (3): 342-347.

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Translocating two lactating giant pandas and their cubs after behavioral training did not impair maternal behavior: a case study

HE Yongguo, SONG Shixian, MA Kai, FENG Li, LI Desheng, LIU Dingzhen   

  1. Key Laboratory for Reproduction and Conservation Genetics of Endangered Wildlife of Sichuan Province, China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda
  • Online:2015-08-13 Published:2015-11-15
  • Contact: LI Desheng, LIU Dingzhen


何永果 宋仕贤 马凯 冯莉 李德生 刘定震   

  1. 中国保护大熊猫研究中心,四川省濒危野生动物繁殖与保护遗传重点实验室
  • 通讯作者: 李德生,刘定震
  • 作者简介:何永果(1980 -),男,工程师,主要从事大熊猫饲养管理方面的研究.
  • 基金资助:

Abstract: In order to test whether moving female giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)and their infants impairs the mothers’nursing behavior and causes them to reject their pups. We observed two mother pandas’behavioral changes during translocating of enclosures for the first time. Our results showed that removing and returning cubs did not cause significant increases in vigilance or stereotypic behavior in the two lactating females. The female pandas slso did not show significant changes in nursing behavior before their cubs were removed and after they were returned to the females in the delivery pens. The lactating pandas also did not show remarkable changes in nursing behavior after they were moved to the new pens. Both the infants survived to adulthood. The data suggest that it is possible and safe to translocate lactating female giant pandas from their delivery pens to new pens,around 30 days after they give birth,provided that they first experiencesystematic odor exposure and behavioral training during adaptation sessions.

Key words: Ailuropoda melanoleuca, Behavior training, Lactation, Nursing behavior

关键词: 大熊猫, 哺乳期, 行为培训, 育幼行为