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  • Common name: Red Panda
  • Scientific name: Ailurus fulgens
  • Also known as: Lesser Panda, Red Cat-bear, and Tolai Hare
  • Mammals
  • Red pandas, which resemble raccoons, are about 42 inches long, including a long, bushy tail. They weigh between seven and 14 pounds. Their red-and-white markings blend in with the red mosses and white lichens that grow on the trees in which they live. Their soft, dense fur covers their entire body—even the soles of their feet. Red pandas use their long, bushy tails to balance when they're in trees. They also cover themselves with their tails in winter.
  • They primarily eat bamboo leaves as well as berries, blossoms, bird eggs, and various plants' small leaves. Their broad teeth and strong jaws allow them to chew bamboo's tough leaves and stalks.
  • After a gestation of about 134 days, litters of one to four young are born. Young stay in the nest for about 90 days, remain close to their mother until the next mating season begins, and reach adult size at about 12 months. Adult red pandas lead solitary lives.
external image 250px-A_Red_Panda_in_Darjeeling.jpgHabitat:
  • Red pandas live in the mountains of Nepal and northern Myanmar (Burma), as well as in central China.
  • The first known written record of the red panda occurs in a 13th-century Chou dynasty scroll. It was introduced to Europeans by Thomas Hardwicke in 1821.
  • Thery live in mountain forests with a bamboo understory, at altitudes generally between 1500 and 4800m. They are good tree climbers and spend most of their time in trees.
  • They do not migrate nor hibernate.
  • Adults are solitary except during mating season.
  • The biggest threat to red pandas are habitat loss and poaching. There are fewer than 2,500 adult red pandas.
  • The red panda is protected in all countries where it is known to live and hunting them is illegal.
  • There are captive breeding programs in North America (Species Survival Plan) (SSP) and Europe (European Endangered Species Programme) (EEP), as well as in Australia, India, Japan and China.

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