Red Panda

INTRODUCTION

The red panda is a domestic cat-sized mammal. It has previously been classified with raccoons, bears and mustelids but has been found to be the only living species of the genus Ailurus and the family Ailuridae. They have partially retractable claws and an extended bone which is similar to a “thumb.” this makes them extremely good climbers. With red panda being found in colder climates they have fur on the soles of their feet which helps them remain warm in high altitudes where they dwell.

Our female red panda is called Mei li which means beautiful one, our male is called Charu, meaning graceful. They met here at the park in 2016 and as they are both part of an EEP breeding program, we are hoping to breed them in the near future.

GALLERY

FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Ailurus fulgens

Status:

Endangered

Size:

52 to 64 cm

Weight:

3 to 6 Kg

Life Span in Wild:

8 - 10 years

Habitat:

Forests, woodlands, mountain forests

Diet:

Omnivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

Bamboo, grasses, roots, fruit, small rodents.

Where Do I Live?

South east Asia

Do I Have Any Predators?

Snow leopards

How Do I Live?

Solitary and nocturnal. Forms pairs during mating season. Aboreal.

Why Am I Endangered?

The logging and farming industry effect red panda population numbers greatly. Habitat loss and fragmentation are a major issue as well as having to compete with livestock for food.

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