GPS Technology Reveals the Private Life of Giant Pandas

March 29, 2015 6:02 AM

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With the help of GPS collars, a team of researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) stalked five giant pandas in the wild to discover more about this rapidly disappearing species. They collected information over months and documented their behavior. Their finding has been published in the Journal of Mammalogy. Vanessa Hull, a research associate at MSU’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) said “Pandas are such an elusive species and it’s very hard to observe them in wild, so we haven’t had a good picture of where they are from one day to the next. Once we got all the data in the computer we could see where they go and map it. It was so fascinating to sit down and watch their whole year unfold before you like a little window into their world.”

According to Jindong Zhang, a co-author on the paper and postdoctoral researcher at CSIS, “This was a great opportunity to get a peek into the panda’s secretive society that has been closed off to us in the past.” Three female adults named Pan Pan, Mei Mei and Zhong Zhong, a younger female named Lon...

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