Why do Panda have such a hard time breeding? And has it always been like that or do we have anything to do about it? Meaning are humans responsible of this in any ways?



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    Actually, humans are exactly the reason for the panda’s issues!

    Pandas in the wild have no issues breeding, they just keeping on the same way they always have (after all, if they had that many problems doing things on their own, there likely wouldn’t be any more pandas for us to see!). The issue is panda breeding in captivity.

    As more and more of the panda’s ecosystem gets eaten up by human development, the only surefire way to ensre panda survival is to breed in captivity (as in zoos or other organizations like the Panda Breeding Center in Xianhing). However, pandas hate mating in proximity to humans. They don’t feel comfortable in captivity or around us, and as such, they certainly don’t feel comfortable mating around us.

    The problem is getting slowly solved as researchers learn how to better recreate the natural environment of pandas and acclimate this species to human presence. But it for the meantime, the answer to the problem of panda mating remains that pandas simply won’t mate because we’re around.

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    There are some alternative views on the issues of Panda mating problems.  According to Dr Li Shaochang, director of China’s Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, the issues facing the Panda’s reproduction is evolutionary and natural.  There are some who believe that the Panda are ‘devolving’.  Now this may be controversial, and outdated information, however it is interesting to consider.

    In the article it states that Pandas do not breed well in nature, completely removed from human presence and influence.  A list of problems reads:

    -Males are not instinctive mating partners

    -Females seldom come into ‘heat’

    -Females show little or no signs of ‘heat’, therefore showing no signs of fertility to their male counterparts

    -Females seem irritated by male advances

    -which leads to aggression and fighting causing harm

    Although these may not be concrete facts, it is difficult to place the blame solely on humans in this instance.  Most species have a strong survival instinct, and this instinct leads them to two main purposes, food and reproduction.  Pandas seem to show little interest in the latter in both wild and captivity.  Our only option is to continue trying, so we soldier on…

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