Name of the species:
Common name: Red Panda
Scientific name: Ailurus fulgens
Write and edit a detailed conservation report. Write a 1000-word report that includes the following four sections (use subheadings):
Biology and Ecology: Describe the ecosystem that your species belongs to, the main interacting species (e.g. prey, predators, competitors etc.), the functional role your species plays within that ecosystem (e.g. seed disperser, nutrient cycler, apex predator, habitat engineer, prey, etc.). Describe your species’ habitat requirements (e.g. climate, food, shelter, special nursery habitat, special mating areas etc.), its reproductive capacity (e.g. how many offspring and how quickly it could bounce back if threats were reduced), and its range (previous extent and current extent of species distribution). This section should answer the conservation needs and capabilities of your species. Be sure to cite (APA intext) and reference (APA) all your sources.
History and Current Status: Describe how the population and range of your species has declined over the past 100 years (give numbers). Explain how much habitat has been lost or degraded, and/or other factors that have decreased its population over time. Describe current threats to your species such as climate change and invasive species. Describe conservation plans that have been put in place to protect your species and how they have fared. This section should explain in detail the change in population and habitat over time, using numbers wherever possible. Be sure to cite (APA intext) and reference (APA) all your sources.
Discussion of Threats: Detail the main human activities, conditions, and human groups that cause(d) the decline of your species population and habitat. Be sure to consider the interactions between these underlying causes. Provide credible evidence to support your points in a written description. This section should detail the interacting systems that endanger your species. Be sure to cite (APA intext) and reference (APA) all your sources.
References: This section is the full APA Style references list for every in-text citation. You need an APA intext citation for every statement of fact or group of facts in your paper. You should have cited in your paper at least four peer-reviewed journals as well as at least four other credible sources. You should have at least 8 cited sources in total. Use proper APA style for each citation; it is not sufficient to include just the URLs. See the Important Guidelines section below for more details.
Be concise; this is a short paper, which should be clear and logical.
Use your own words, simplify the terminology in the articles you use, and define the terms you use. A non-scientist classmate should be able to understand your paper.
If you are guessing or making an arbitrary judgment, be clear about your level of uncertainty (e.g. “it seems likely that … given …”).
Italicize scientific names (Genus species).
Make sure that it is easy to trace the logic of your paper through all sections.
Make sure to edit and proofread carefully. Plan on editing to clarify key points. Do not hand in your first draft.
Do not use direct quotes; instead, you should paraphrase and cite.
Citations are required for every statement of fact.
Word format (.doc, .docx).
Name of the species: