GPS Technology Reveals That Pandas Are Social In the Wild

March 28th, 2015 | by

A report from Michigan State University that will be published in the journal Mammalogy found through the use of GPS technology that giant pandas are not creatures that will completely isolate themselves while out in the wild. Although they still prefer to be alone, they are often willing to move around in groups.

GPS materials were used on pandas at the Wolong Nature Reserve in China from 2010 to 2012. The trackers found that pandas are often willing to go into groups and associate themselves with specific pandas. Even with this, the panda migration statistics continue to suggest that pandas don’t always stick with others.

This report comes amid reports that the giant panda population has increased by about 15 percent in recent time. There are about 1,850 pandas living in the wild.

Source: Dispatch Times