Red Panda

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Red Panda
A. f. fulgens
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Caniformia
Superfamily: Musteloidea
Family: Ailuridae
Genus: Ailurus
Species: A. fulgens
Binomial name
Ailurus fulgens
F. Cuvier, 1825

The Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) is a mammal. It is the only species of the Ailuridae family. There are two subspecies: Ailurus fulgens fulgens and Ailurus fulgens styani.

Most that are bred at Japanese zoos are Ailurus fulgens styani. They are called レッサーパンダ in Japan and 小熊貓 (xiǎo xìong māo ) in China, both literally translating to English as "small bear cat".

Habitat[change | change source]

The Red Panda lives in the southern part of China, Sikkim, Nepal, and the Himalaya mountains in high trees. In the Indian kingdom of Sikkim it is the state animal.

Appearance and Life[change | change source]

Red Pandas are about 50-60 centimeters long. They weigh between three to five kilograms. They have chestnut colored hair, and their faces have white designs. They eat fruits, roots, bamboo shoots, acorns, and insects. They are active at night and sleep on trees in the daytime. They act alone, not in groups.They eat blossoms, berries, various plants, and bird eggs.

Other[change | change source]

In recent years, more zoos in Japan are breeding Red Pandas. They have become popular for how they look.

A Red Panda which is famous is Futa-Kun. Surprisingly, he can stand on his two rear legs. source:http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/red-panda/

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Wang, X., Choudhry, A., Yonzon, P., Wozencraft, C. & Than Zaw (2008). Ailurus fulgens. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2008. Retrieved on 21 September 2009.

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