3rd Aug, first semi-wild environment born and captive-bred panda around the world “Tao Tao” had 2-year-old birthday during the third stage of wild training. Working staff from Wo Long China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda sent “Tao Tao” a special birthday present.
Birthday Present: one goat, four pheasants
3rd Aug, 8:30 am, working staff from Wo Long China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda started to do blood collection laboratory for four pheasants, prior to this, same lab work for goat was finished already. In ensuring goat and pheasants were not carrying any infectious diseases, they were sent to field training laps where is located 2500 meters high above sea level by forest police.
Reintroduction of artificial captive-bred panda increases the number of population of wild panda, can be said that the ultimate goal of the giant panda conservation cause. China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda, after more than 10 years of scientific research, solve the giant panda “estrus difficult, breeding conception difficult and cubs surviving difficult "three major problems successfully; currently doing final research hard on reintroduction of artificial captive-bred pandas. As the same day at two years ago, starting from the moment of birth of “Tao Tao”, they begun field training, and attracted the attention of global concern.
10:30 am, goat and pheasants were sent to the same field training laps as “Tao Tao”. The face of the vast jungle, the researchers found no trace of “Tao Tao”, and the goat and four pheasants that put into the jungle, disappeared soon as well.
As director Zhang Hemin who from China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda introduced, and the goat and pheasants that put into the field training laps, are not food for “Tao Tao”, but a kind of useful companion animals. Chosen today was because, on the one hand, today is “Tao Tao” birthday; on the other hand, the most important task for “Tao Tao” in the third stage of field training laps, is to be able to learn to recognize predators and companion animals. As well as training the ability to avoid predators. The purpose of put companion animals into the lap now, is to let “Tao Tao” have access to more in the future that may be encountered in the wild animal populations. In later fielding training, the researchers will also be possible to put part of natural predators in that will possibly brought life threatening.
Dance with goat, wild regressed
Put goat and pheasants into the same field training laps for panda “Tao Tao”, what kind of situation will happen when they meet together? To live in peace, or pheasants and goat will become dish on the menu for “Tao Tao”? In this regard, deputy chief engineer Huang Yan from China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda introduced, under normal circumstances, panda, goat and pheasants will live in peace. Panda use bamboo as their mainly food, however, in wild environment, there have also been two cases of wild giant panda ate goats. Hence, how “Tao Tao” will treat these new companion animals, remains our further observe. Huang Yan informed us at the same time, “Tao Tao” is untamed now after two years training. Specific performance is while discovered strange animals, will have high alertness and soon be on the tree, issued a threatening growl sound. At the same time, “Tao Tao” has a wider range of activities and is more vitality.
Reintroduction Day approaching, Three echelon formed
To recognize predators and companion animals, as well as the ability to avoid predators training is the main task of final stage of field training for “Tao Tao”. After two years fielding training, “Tao Tao” is getting closer to the official date of reintroduction to the wild. On the other hand, another three panda cubs from the second echelon at Wo Long He Tao Ping field training base, followed the track of “Tao Tao”, got everything goes smoothly in the first stage of field training laps.
Panda cub that selected for the second batch field training is “Qian Qian”, “Jin Zhu” and the cub of “Zhang Ka”. They are the same as “Tao Tao” that born in semi-wild environment. All of their ability worth to highlight, have strong resistance to human beings since childhood. Especially the cub of “Zhang Ka” can climb trees with only 124 days.
On 30 May this year, four breeding panda “Qing Qing”, “Li Li”, “Si Xue” and “Zi Zhu” from Ya An Bi Feng Xia base, depart to Wo Long field training base. Formed the third echelon of Wo Long captive giant panda field training second stage project. Currently “Si Xue” had prenatal reaction significantly, very likely calving recently.
As director Zhang Hemin from China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda introduced; the field training and reintroduction for captive-bred giant panda will not happen overnight. Neither succeeds or mission accomplished from anyone of those pandas reintroduced. Field training and reintroduction for captive-bred giant panda project, is a long term and continuous ongoing process. Research center planned to establish a set of field training, monitoring and evaluation techniques for captive-bred giant panda during the “twelfth five year plan”, which can widely applied in industry, become the demonstration units of field training and reintroduction of giant panda.
“Last field training days” call for observer globally
At the day of two-year-old birthday of “Tao Tao”, “Last field training days” initiated by Wo Long National Nature Reserve and China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda for giant panda “Tao Tao” field training observation volunteer solicitation activities was officially launched.
Reported, 10 selected observation volunteer for “Last field training days”, will depart to Wo Long altitude of 2,500 meters field training laps for “Tao Tao” during 27th Aug to 15th Sep. Working staff from China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda will provides technical guidance. Observation volunteers will dress panda apparel, recording data from field training of “Tao Tao” with researchers, as well as using personal preferred ways to record bit by bit of the last stage of field training for “Tao Tao”. 10 Call for places, precious in reality, those wishing to attend, registration URL: www.chinapanda.org.cn