What kind of animal is a red panda? Explanation of characteristics, ecology, and habitat


We will explain the characteristics, ecology, classification, distribution, and habitat of the red panda. The red panda, which is bred and kept in zoos and lives in forests in mountainous areas, is a popular animal because of its very cute appearance. Their fur is long and soft, and they are popular as dolls, but they are actually an endangered species.

What is a red panda? About basic status

The red panda is a mammal classified in the Carnivora order, Red Panda family, Red Panda genus. The scientific name is Ailurus fulgens. The body length is 50-65 cm and the weight is 3-6 kg. It is also known as the bear cat.

English(英名)Lesser Panda / Cat-Bear / Red Panda
scientific name(学名)Rangifer tarandus
classification(分類)Mammalia、 Carnivora、Ailuridae、Ailurus 

About classification

There is actually more than one species of red panda. There are many subspecies. The following variants exist:

Academic Name
nepal red panda
Ailurus fulgens fulgensNortheastern India, Nepal, Bhutan
Shisen Red Panda
Ailurus fulgens styani China, Myanmar

About the habitat of the red panda

Red pandas can be found in India, China, Nepal, Bhutan, and Myanmar.

feature is? What kind of creature is it?

Red pandas have short limbs, but each has five fingers and retractable claws. The fur is long and soft, and the limbs and abdomen are dark brown. The tail is quite long and bushy. They are rather nocturnal, often resting in trees during the day. Red pandas are good climbers and can even climb down from trees upside down using their sharp claws. My eyesight and hearing are poor.

What will your personality look like?

Red pandas are carnivores by nature and have a ferocious and strong temperament. Because they basically live alone, they are very territorial. It is difficult to interact with him as he is not very cooperative and gets very angry.

What is the ecology of the red panda?

Red pandas subsist on bamboo shoots, acorns, grass, fruits, and nuts. The breeding season is from January to March, and the gestation period is about 4 months. Children reach sexual maturity around 18 to 20 months. The lifespan is said to be about 15 years.

What are the red panda’s natural enemies?

Enemies of the red panda include snow leopards, leopards, eagles, hawks, and wolves. They have natural enemies not only on land but also in the air.

Is the red panda an endangered species?

Red pandas are listed as an endangered species. Furthermore, it is listed in Appendix I of the Washington Convention, and international trade is severely restricted. The estimated global population is only 10,000. The reasons for the decline in population are as follows.

poaching and overfishing

Poaching and overfishing are on the rise. Hunting for pets or for their fur is a particular problem, and the reality is that their population is decreasing year by year.

habitat loss

Environmental destruction is a problem in China. Furthermore, rapid land development in Southeast Asia has been occurring since the 2010s, and the number of places where red pandas can live is rapidly decreasing.

Conservation activities starting in each country

A red panda anti-poaching unit and community-based surveillance have been established in Langtang National Park. Since 2010, community-based conservation programs have been launched in 10 districts of Nepal. We are also protecting and monitoring red panda habitat in other parts of Nepal.

Can red pandas be bred?

Red pandas have a ferocious personality and are designated as an endangered species, so it is extremely difficult for the general public to keep them.


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