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Red Panda
Status Endangered
Diet Herbivore
Habitat
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Description

  • Red Panda is the common name for a raccoonlike animal, similar in size to a large cat, with thick, reddish-brown fur. The red panda has pointed ears, stout limbs, and plantigrade feet (heel and toe touching the ground) with partly retractile claws and woolly soles. Like the giant panda, the red panda has a sixth digit near the wrist that aids the animal in eating. The long, bushy tail has rings of red and yellow. Red pandas are found on steep mountains in western China and in the Tibetan Himalayas. They live in pairs and small groups in bamboo forests, on which they feed. They are nocturnal, sleeping in trees during the day. Breeding takes place from January to March, and the young are born three to five months later. The litter may include one to four, but most commonly two, offspring. In the past the red panda has been classified in the raccoon family and the bear family. More recently some scientists place the red panda in the family Ailuridae, which is separate from both the raccoon and bear families.

Fun Facts

  • The red panda spends its days high among the tree branches of mountain bamboo forests, but spends its nights foraging for food on the ground.
  • Red pandas have long whiskers on their snouts, which help them navigate when foraging for food at night.

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