28 Jun '11, 12pm

Poop used in panda census

Poop used in panda census

Panda droppings will be collected for DNA analysis. -- PHOTO: REUTERS BEIJING - CHINA has counted its 1.34 billion people and now is giving pandas a turn. After conducting a census of its human population last year, China is about to start a once-every-10-years count of pandas in the wild. The China Daily said on Tuesday more than 60 trackers have been trained at Wanglang National Reserve in the south-western province of Sichuan. Director of the reserve's administrative bureau Chen Youping was quoted by Xinhua News Agency as saying they will collect panda droppings for DNA analysis. That will allow zoologists to track individual pandas and accurately estimate the population. Almost 1,600 wild pandas were counted in the last census. The endangered species native to China is threatened in the wild by a loss of habitat, poaching and for being poor breeders.

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Asia/Story/STISt...


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