Facts about Red Pandas
Fact file on red panda
Fact file on red panda
Fact file on red panda
Fact file on red panda

● Fact file on red panda

Red Panda
Scientific name: Ailurus fulgens
Classification: Mammalia, Carnivora, Ailuridae
Alias: Firefox, Red Cat-bear
Distribution: Bamboo forests in mountainous areas in Sichuan, Yunnan and Tibet in China, Nepal, Bhutan, etc.
Eating Habits: Bamboo leaves as staple diet, also feeding on fruits
Conservation grade: Class II protected species in China
     Listed on Appendix I of CITES
     Classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List


Red panda with extraordinary skills
Red panda with extraordinary skills

● Red panda with extraordinary skills

Besides the five toes on the forefoot, a red panda also has a “pseudo-thumb” on it which can be used as the 6th toe to grasp things. The soles of a red panda are covered with hair, which prevent it from falling down when climbing trees.


Usage of its long tail
Usage of its long tail

● Usage of its long tail

A red panda has body length of about 60cm and a fluffy and powerful tail of about 50cm. While sleeping, a red panda rolls itself tightly into a ball and puts the tail around its neck to protect against coldness. The tail also helps it to keep balance while climbing.

Crisis facing red pandas
Crisis facing red pandas

● Crisis facing red pandas

Although red pandas and giant pandas have no genetic relationship, they are facing the same threats of extinction. Their habitats are reducing due to illegal logging, and climate changes are posing threats to the survival of both species.

Conservation ambassador of red pandas
Conservation ambassador of red pandas

● Conservation ambassador of red pandas

In the wild, red pandas are good neighbours with giant pandas, and they share resources such as food and habitat. At present, there are less than 3,000 red pandas and 1,864 giant pandas in the wild, which are quite small numbers.
Since red pandas are facing the predicament of survival, all of us can become conservation ambassadors. By reducing the waste of resources, protecting ecological environment and refusing to hunt wild animals in daily life, we can effectively protect red pandas and other various animals to enable them to live and breed in the wild.

 
Last Update : 05/12/2018
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