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Ohlsson, Elin, 2020. Hägnutnyttjande och beteende hos röd panda (Ailurus fulgens) på Nordens Ark. First cycle, G2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Animal Environment and Health

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Abstract

The red panda is a carnivore who is specialized at feeding of bamboo. Bamboo is very low in
nutrient and the red panda therefor need to forage through large parts of the day. They live in
subtropical and temperate forests from Nepal in the west to China in the east. The red panda is
considered endangered by the IUCN because it has decreased by 50 % the last 18 years. The biggest
threat to the red panda is deforestation of their living area because the humans in the area uses the
land for their livestock, farming and to build houses on.

The aim of this study was to evaluate how two red pandas at Nordens Ark utilize their enclosure
and if they divide the enclosure between each other. Therefor an ethological study was carried out
during 14 days in April, the pandas were observed three times a day, one hour each. One of the
individuals were observed with continuous focal sampling and the other with scan sampling with
five minutes interval. The results of the enclosure utilization could then be used to suggest new
resources that should be given to the pandas to increase their welfare.

The study showed that the red pandas at Nordens Ark spent most of their time resting and
climbing in the trees. Therefor it is recommended that zoos give red pandas a lot of trees in their
enclosure and the possibility of climbing between them since the do not like to spend time on the
ground. The pandas were not often interacting, but they did not seem to divide the enclosure between
each other either

Main title:Hägnutnyttjande och beteende hos röd panda (Ailurus fulgens) på Nordens Ark
Authors:Ohlsson, Elin
Supervisor:Loberg, Jenny
Examiner:Wichman, Anette
Series:UNSPECIFIED
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2020
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:VK005 Ethology and Animal Welfare - Bachelor's Programme, 180.0hp
Supervising department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
Keywords:Ailurus fulgens, röd panda, hägnutnyttjade, hägn, beteende, djurpark
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-15812
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-15812
Subjects:Animal ecology
Language:Swedish
Deposited On:13 Jul 2020 12:00
Metadata Last Modified:14 Jul 2020 01:01

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