Giant panda scent-marking strategies in the wild: role of season, sex and marking surface

@article{Nie2012GiantPS,
  title={Giant panda scent-marking strategies in the wild: role of season, sex and marking surface},
  author={Yonggang Nie and Ronald R. Swaisgood and Zejun Zhang and Yibo Hu and Yisheng Ma and Fuwen Wei},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2012},
  volume={84},
  pages={39-44}
}
Scent communication behavior by giant pandas
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