Captive pandas are at risk from environmental toxins

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dc.contributor.author Chen, Yi-ping
dc.contributor.author Wu, Xiao-min
dc.contributor.author Maltby, Lorraine
dc.contributor.author Liu, Qiang
dc.contributor.author Song, Yi
dc.contributor.author Zheng, Ying-juan
dc.contributor.author Ellison, Aaron M.
dc.contributor.author Ma, Qing-yi
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-27T16:49:06Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier Quick submit: 2016-04-14T19:30:19-0400
dc.identifier.citation Chen, Yi‐ping, Lorraine Maltby, Qiang Liu, Yi Song, Ying‐juan Zheng, Aaron M. Ellison, Qing‐yi Ma, and Xiao‐min Wu. "Captive pandas are at risk from environmental toxins." Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 14, no. 7 (2016): 363-367. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1540-9295 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:27401878
dc.description.abstract Ex situ conservation efforts are the last resort for many critically endangered species and captive breeding centers are thought to provide a safe environment in which to produce individuals for eventual re-introduction to the wild. The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is one of the most endangered animals in the world, and it is recognized worldwide as a symbol for conservation. Here, we report that captive pandas of the Sichuan and Qinling subspecies are exposed to high concentrations of persistent organic pollutants, including polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), dibenzofurans (PDCFs), and biphenyls (PCBs), as well as heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, chromium, and lead). Further analysis of the ex situ environment of the Qinling subspecies demonstrated that contaminated food supplies exposed captive Qinling pandas to high concentrations of PCDD, PCDFs, PCBs, As, Cd, Cr, and Pb). In the short term, these endangered animals should be relocated to breeding centers in less contaminated areas. Their long-term survival, however, depends on reducing emissions of toxic pollutants throughout China. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Organismic and Evolutionary Biology en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Ecological Society of America en_US
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1002/fee.1310 en_US
dash.license LAA
dc.subject endangered species en_US
dc.subject ex situ conservation en_US
dc.subject giant panda en_US
dc.subject persistent organic pollutants en_US
dc.subject heavy metals en_US
dc.title Captive pandas are at risk from environmental toxins en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.date.updated 2016-04-14T23:30:25Z
dc.description.version Accepted Manuscript en_US
dc.relation.journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment en_US
dash.depositing.author Ellison, Aaron M.
dc.date.available 2016-09-01T07:31:06Z

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