Patrol and monitor panda habitats

Patrol and monitor panda habitats

Train people to patrol panda habitat

People are being trained to enforce the reserve boundaries. Between 1996 and 2000, WWF trained more than 300 panda reserve staff and local government officials in nature reserve management, wildlife monitoring, anti-poaching patrolling, and innovative community-based conservation approaches.

Research helps us to understand pandas and how to best protect them

The success of panda conservation in recent years owes much to the work of Chinese and international researchers working with governments, universities and non-profit organisations, such as WWF.

They have been able to develop an accurate picture of the panda's survival status and formulate effective measures to reverse the panda's decline. Ongoing research and monitoring of pandas will be vital to our conservation success.
 / ©: / Edwin Giesbers / WWF
© / Edwin Giesbers / WWF
Prof. Hu Jin Chu examines bamboo / ©: (c) WWF / George B. SCHALLER
Prof. Hu Jin Chu examines bamboo, the main food for Giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). Wolong Nature Reserve, Sichuan, China.
© (c) WWF / George B. SCHALLER
Camera traps provide a snaphot of the panda at home

Researchers in the Wanglang Nature Reserve have attached cameras to 30 trees throughout the reserve. The cameras are triggered by movement and snap pictures of occasional pandas and some of the other amazing wildlife that share the panda's habitat. The cameras, along with new GPS technology, are helping to create a more accurate picture of the number of pandas in the wild.

Picture of a giant panda taken by an infrared camera. / ©: WWF
Giant panda caught by infrared camera trap.
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Clockwise from top right: 1. Yang Qing-An and Yong Yan-Ge using radio tracking to follow pandas in the Wolong Nature Reserve; 2. Biodiversity monitoring in the Jiudingshan Nature Reserve; 3. Setting an infrared camera in the Baodinggou Nature Reserve; 4. WWF-US researcher, Colby Loucks, in the field; 5. Saving a panda injured by poacher's trap in Xiaohegou Nature Reserve; 6. Anti-poaching training in Jiuzhaigou County.
© WWF / George B. SCHALLER, WWF China, Colby Loucks

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