New MSU research offers rare glimpse into panda life

Apr 13, 2015

Credit Wolong Nature Preserve

Pandas, with their distinctive markings and decidedly cuddly appearance, are an international symbol for conservation. But because wild pandas are incredibly elusive, little research has been done on their behaviors in the wild. For a long time, the Chinese government outlawed using radio collars to track pandas. Now, a team of MSU researchers are among the first to be allowed to use GPS to track wild pandas in China, and they found out some surprising things about these elusive creatures.

Current State’s April Van Buren talks with Vanessa Hull, a research associate at the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University, about some of those findings.