Non-invasive determination of fecal steroid hormones relating to conservation practice in giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)

Non-invasive determination of fecal steroid hormones relating to conservation practice in giant... Animal Biology 61 (2011) 335–347 brill.nl/ab Non-invasive determination of fecal steroid hormones relating to conservation practice in giant panda ( Ailuropoda melanoleuca ) Xiao-Jie Yu 1 , De-Fu Hu 1 , ∗ , Xue-Lin Jin 2 , Xing-Fang Ge 1 , Liang-Liang Yang 1 , Peng-Peng Zhao 2 and Qiang Zhang 2 1 Beijing Forestry University, No. 35 Tsinghua East Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 10083, China 2 Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescuing and Breeding Research Center, Shaanxi, 710402, China Abstract The endangered giant panda is the flagship species of wildlife conservation, a status that results in heightened attention to their well-being. However, one factor that hinders the ability to monitor this species in the wild is the difficulty to measure relevant physiological parameters which quantify the survival status in conservation research. In this study, we employed a non-invasive sampling method and immunochemical assays to determine if measurement of fecal steroid hormones is a viable option in monitoring the sex ratios and stress levels of a giant panda population. The results indicate that 1) the yearly concentration of fecal testosterone is a possible biomarker for distinguishing gender, and 2) invasive methods of artificial insemination and semen collection as well as http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Animal Biology Brill

Non-invasive determination of fecal steroid hormones relating to conservation practice in giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)

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© 2011 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1570-7555
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1570-7563
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10.1163/157075511X584263
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Animal Biology 61 (2011) 335–347 brill.nl/ab Non-invasive determination of fecal steroid hormones relating to conservation practice in giant panda ( Ailuropoda melanoleuca ) Xiao-Jie Yu 1 , De-Fu Hu 1 , ∗ , Xue-Lin Jin 2 , Xing-Fang Ge 1 , Liang-Liang Yang 1 , Peng-Peng Zhao 2 and Qiang Zhang 2 1 Beijing Forestry University, No. 35 Tsinghua East Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 10083, China 2 Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescuing and Breeding Research Center, Shaanxi, 710402, China Abstract The endangered giant panda is the flagship species of wildlife conservation, a status that results in heightened attention to their well-being. However, one factor that hinders the ability to monitor this species in the wild is the difficulty to measure relevant physiological parameters which quantify the survival status in conservation research. In this study, we employed a non-invasive sampling method and immunochemical assays to determine if measurement of fecal steroid hormones is a viable option in monitoring the sex ratios and stress levels of a giant panda population. The results indicate that 1) the yearly concentration of fecal testosterone is a possible biomarker for distinguishing gender, and 2) invasive methods of artificial insemination and semen collection as well as

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Animal BiologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2011

Keywords: STRESS RESPONSE; STEROID HORMONES; GENDER CLASSIFICATION; NON-INVASIVE SAMPLING

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