The Feeding Ecology of Giant Pandas and Asiatic Black Bears in the Tangjiahe Reserve, China

  • George B. Schaller
  • Teng Qitao
  • Kenneth G. Johnson
  • Wang Xiaoming
  • Shen Heming
  • Hu Jinchu


The Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus) has a wide though patchy distribution from Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan eastward along the Himalayas to Indochina and across China to northeastern Russia. By contrast, the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) survives only along the mountainous eastern edge of the Tibetan plateau, confined to an area totaling about 29,500 km2 mainly in China’s Sichuan province, but also southern Gansu and Shaanxi provinces (Figure 8.1). In these mountain forests pandas and black bears of the subspecies U.t. mupinensis (Ma 1983) are sympatric.


Giant Panda Black Bear Bamboo Species Feeding Ecology Bamboo Shoot 
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  • George B. Schaller
  • Teng Qitao
  • Kenneth G. Johnson
  • Wang Xiaoming
  • Shen Heming
  • Hu Jinchu

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