Conservationists Collaborate to Save Giant Pandas
Giant pandas rely almost entirely on bamboo for their nutrition and therefore have very specific habitat requirements. The pandas' existence in these areas may not be sustainable — bamboo harvesting, bamboo shoot collection, land cover conversion, and mining have depleted the habitat they need. As bamboo forests are converted for other uses, it is critical to protect the remaining habitat and monitor the wild populations. National Zoo staff traveled to China to instruct students and professionals in geospatial technologies, including ERDAS IMAGINE, to view, rectify, and create mosaics of imagery of the pandas' habitat.
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