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Record number 406595
Title Migration Patterns of Two Endangered Sympatric Species from a Remote Sensing Perspective
Author(s) Wang, T.; Skidmore, A.K.; Zeng, Z.; Beck, P.S.A.; Si, Y.; Song, Y.; Liu, X.; Prins, H.H.T.
Source Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 76 (2010)12. - ISSN 0099-1112 - p. 1343 - 1352.
Department(s) Resource Ecology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2010
Keyword(s) foping-nature-reserve - vegetation dynamics - plant phenology - giant panda - altitudinal movements - large herbivores - forage quality - high-latitudes - golden takin - home-range
Abstract Giant pandas (Ailitropoda melanoleuca) and golden takin (Budorcas taxicolor bedfordi) are large mammals that occur together throughout the southern part of the Qin ling Mountains in China. Both species have the habit of altitudinal migration in a mixed forest-bamboo landscape. Although previous studies have reported that the migration patterns of giant pandas and golden takin seem different, little is known about these differences in relation to their food quality and quantity. We used radio-telemetry data from six giant pandas and three golden takin groups to determine whether differences in their migration patterns are related to satellite-derived plant phenology (a surrogate of food quality) and bamboo abundance (a surrogate of food quantity). Our results suggest that the altitudinal migration patterns of both the giant panda and the golden takin follow the phenological development of plants in the study area, and the difference between them seems to be attributable to the difference in the phenology of bamboo and non-bamboo plants, and thus the abundance and quality of food available to these two species.
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