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Tougher international restrictions on importing pandas to zoos in the United States are not to blame for the recent shortage of pandas on display in U.S. zoos. In fact, the real reason fewer zoos today have fewer pandas on display than 10 years ago is that the reproduction rates of pandas have decreased by 40% and the cost of upkeep of pandas has increased by 30% over the same time period.

Which of the following statements, if true, would most effectively strengthen the conclusion presented above?


A) Over the past 10 years, no pandas have been imported to the United States.

B) Since there are fewer pandas in the world today than 10 years ago, zookeepers have found it difficult to secure pandas for their zoos, especially since the cost to secure and support the panda is twice that of any other animal.

C) The recent drought in China and southeastern Asia has severely decreased the bamboo shoots available for pandas to eat throughout the world.

D) A recent study has concluded that the animal people look forward to seeing the most at zoos is the koala bear.

E) An increase in the number of zoos throughout the United States has increased the demand for pandas by medium-sized and small zoos.

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Has to be C aint it..?food cost rise implies rise in upkeep cost..

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Has to be C aint it..?food cost rise implies rise in upkeep cost..

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How did you assume food cost rise from C?

C is toooo much of a stretch but yes better than other choices, I think.

Why did you eliminate B? Out of scope?

This question isn't really great IMO. Usually GMAT provides answer choices that require you to be okay with some uncertainty but hey in this question all the answer choices are too far away to strengthen and if one starts to think, one's mind can come up with any reasoning to make it strengthen. That's not how it should be.

The reasoning shouldn't really require way too many assumptions for us to make. In strengthen, however, I understand that a new evidence out of scope can also be correct if it just strengthens even a little bit. I think it boils down to how much it is strengthening 5%, 95% etc? In the end, we have to work with answer options we have and choose a best answer.

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There are two reasons why the shortage of pandas is taking the place, first – Pandas don’t reproduce themselves and second - restrictions on importing. Conclusion states that restrictions are not to blame. So if there was no importing during past 10 years when there was no restrictions (They are recent) So they are not to blame. Option A

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I also choose C, the shortage of the food can increase the so called upkeeping cost. but whereas in B the comparison of panda with other animal.

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What is the reason behind A not being the answer? How can you eliminate it?
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Tougher restrictions on import are not the cause.---(i)

Reduced reproduction rates and high maintenance costs -> reduction in panda population ---(ii)
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we should look for an option, which undermines (i) and supports (ii)

A) Over the past 10 years, no pandas have been imported to the United States.-- why?

statement A does not specify the reason why the no pandas have been imported. --is it because of the high maintenance cost & reproduction rates or because of restrictions?

this does not strengthen the argument that reduction in panda population is due to reduced reproduction rates and high maintenance costs

Option B clearly states the reason.

***whenever we are looking at the options, we should look at the statement, which covers most of the premise items in it.
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I also choose C, the shortage of the food can increase the so called upkeeping cost. but whereas in B the comparison of panda with other animal.

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You are wrong because the question clearly says increase in costs by 30% in 10 years. C only tells about the sudden increase in cost.
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The wording "most effectively strengthen" identifies this is as a Strengthen question.

For some reason, there are fewer pandas in zoos than there were 10 years ago, according to the stimulus. The author concludes this occurred not because of international restriction on panda imports but because reproduction rates of pandas have decreased and the cost of caring for pandas has increased.

The author assumes that there are no other factors beyond birth rates and cost that might prevent pandas from being kept in zoos in the United States. Look for a choice that supports this assumption about birth rates, costs, or both.

(B) strengthens the author's argument by supporting the belief that reproduction rates and costs are influencing the choices of zookeepers not to bring pandas into their zoos.

(A) confirms that zoos are not bringing in more pandas but fails to address why, which is the primary focus of the author's argument. If the reason is due to international restrictions, the author's argument is shot down.

(C) fails to support the author's claim. While the drought in China might be why there are fewer pandas overall, it fails to explain why there are fewer pandas in American zoos.

(D) is irrelevant because it addresses a different animal.

(E) presents a scenario in which pandas have increased in demand but fails to support the author's claim as to why fewer pandas are available for all zoos, not just medium-sized and small zoos.

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How does B strengthen the author's argument by supporting the belief that reproduction rates and costs are influencing the choices of zookeepers not to bring pandas into their zoos?
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How does B strengthen the author's argument by supporting the belief that reproduction rates and costs are influencing the choices of zookeepers not to bring pandas into their zoos?


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Tougher international restrictions on importing pandas to zoos in the United States are not to blame for the recent shortage of pandas on display in U.S. zoos. In fact, the real reason fewer zoos today have fewer pandas on display than 10 years ago is that the reproduction rates of pandas have decreased by 40% and the cost of upkeep of pandas has increased by 30% over the same time period.

Which of the following statements, if true, would most effectively strengthen the conclusion presented above?


B) Since there are fewer pandas in the world today than 10 years ago, zookeepers have found it difficult to secure pandas for their zoos, especially since the cost to secure and support the panda is twice that of any other animal.

Premise -

Less number of Pandas today in US zoos.

1) Tougher international restrictions - Not the reason for above.

2) Actual reason is reproduction rates of pandas have decreased and the cost of upkeep of pandas has increased.


We are looking for answer choice which will strengthen above premise. Answer Choice B states that cost to secure and support pandas is high ( This is true for the timeline under consideration i.e. last 10 years).

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