Free mate choice enhances conservation breeding in the endangered giant panda

@inproceedings{MartinWintle2015FreeMC,
  title={Free mate choice enhances conservation breeding in the endangered giant panda},
  author={Meghan S. Martin-Wintle and David J. Shepherdson and Guiquan Zhang and Hemin Zhang and Desheng Li and Xiaoping Zhou and Rengui Li and Ronald R. Swaisgood},
  booktitle={Nature communications},
  year={2015}
}
Conservation breeding programmes have become an increasingly important tool to save endangered species, yet despite the allocation of significant resources, efforts to create self-sustaining populations have met with limited success. The iconic giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) embodies the struggles associated with ex situ species conservation. Here we show that behavioural mate preferences in giant pandas predict reproductive outcomes. Giant pandas paired with preferred partners have… CONTINUE READING
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