Red Pandas

Red pandas are endangered in the wild due to the fragmentation of its natural habitats and their food specialisation needs.


In southwest China, the Red panda is hunted for its fur and especially for its highly valued bushy tail from which hats and wedding charms are produced. A Red panda’s coat is made up of long coarse hairs and dense undercoat to insulate against the cold weather of its high-altitude habitat.

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Facts about Red Pandas


The Red panda has previously been thought to be part of the raccoon and bear families. However, research has meant that they are now in their own separate family – Ailuridae.

They are excellent climbers, using their strong claws to grasp branches. Their jaws are powerful and their teeth and forelimbs are specially adapted for manipulating and crushing bamboo, which makes up 95% of their diet.

Red pandas are solitary animals in the wild with males and females only coming together in the mating season and a mother rearing her cubs until they are around 10 months – 1-year-old.

Meet Nam Pang


Nam Pang came to live at Paradise in February 2018 from Highland Wildlife Park in Scotland where he was born. He was a young and energetic red panda when he arrived and although still mischievous and cheeky he has matured to a typical red panda – which means he is now very ‘energy-efficient’ (lazy!)
He lives with our 8-year-old female Tilly and they get along very well, which in red panda terms means they basically ignore each other completely! He does like to try to steal Tilly’s favourite sleeping spot in the tree but he soon moves out of her way when she returns, she is definitely in charge!

Meet Tilly


Tilly came to us from Beauval in France and is a very big Red Panda, both in size and personality! Since arriving at Paradise, she has mothered a pair of boys that were Paradise’s first-ever Red Panda cubs!

She lives with our 3-year-old male Nam Pang and they get along great! Tilly’s definitely in charge out of the two.

 

Key Facts

Diet:
Bamboo, shoots, fruit, small mammals, birds, eggs.
Life Span:
8 years wild | 15 years captivity
Distribution:
The Himalayas including parts of Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, India, and China.
Did you know?
Red pandas also have fur on the soles of their feet to aid grip on wet branches and to keep them warm.

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