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Red Panda

Ailurus fulgens

The red panda is a close relative of the racoon. They are excellent climbers and their bushy tail helps them to balance.

measurements

Measurements

Size: Head-body length - 50 - 60cm, Tail length - 30 - 50cm
Weight: 3 - 5kg

habitat

Habitat

Red pandas inhabit mountain forests and bamboo thickets in southern Asia. They are mainly nocturnal (active at night), often spending the day sleeping high in the trees.

diet

Diet

Red pandas are part of the carnivore (meat-eater) family, however they are mainly herbivores (plant eaters) eating vegetation, in particular, bamboo.

behaviour

Breeding

A litter of 1 to 4 cubs are born after a pregnancy of just over 4 months. The female cares for her young until they are around 1 year old.

threat

Conservation

Red panda populations are believed to have decreased by 50% in less than 20 years! Habitat loss and degradation as well as hunting for their meat and fur are the biggest threats. They are protected in many areas in the wild, but this protection needs further enforcement.

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