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Small Mammals

Red Panda

Red pandas are threatened in the wild due to the fragmentation of its natural habitats, their low numbers, 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.

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.

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.

Current Status

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

Key Facts

Bamboo, shoots, fruit, small mammals, birds, eggs.
8 years wild
15 years captivity
Endangered
The Himalayas including parts of Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, India, and China.
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