Research trends, conservation issues and approaches on endangered Red panda (Ailurus fulgens): a systematic review of literature across the home-range
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Red panda (Ailurus fulgens), an arboreal mammal belonging to the family Ailuridae and order Carnivora with herbivorous tendencies is distributed across the mountains of Nepal, Bhutan, China, India and Myanmar. Due to different anthropogenic activities, the wild populations of Ailurus fulgens have declined by 50% across its range countries. There are yet numerous voids in the current knowledge concerning this endangered, elusive and charismatic animal. We applied a systematic review process to better understand the research trend, population and distribution status, conservation threats and approach and identify major research gaps impending long-term conservation of Ailurus fulgens. Altogether we analyzed 168 published papers over 33 years on the different thematic areas. Our study revealed that studies on Ailurus fulgens are not even across the distribution range, majority of them are from China followed by Nepal and very few from Bhutan, India and Myanmar. The majority of literatures concerning the captive and free-ranging population of Ailurus fulgens are skewed toward different aspects of biology including anatomy, general behavior, reproduction, nutrition and different aspect of habitat including distribution pattern, habitat use and selection. There is limited information on Ailurus fulgens genetics and is more confined within China. Studies on diseases, the impact of anthropogenic activities like tourism, infrastructure development, movement ecology, interaction with the associated species, studies addressing the impact of climate change on species are very sparse. Hence, for the conservation success of Ailurus fulgens understanding these issues are inevitable.

Journal of Animal Diversity, Volume:3 Issue: 2, Jun 2021
57 to 68  
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