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Red Panda
Red Panda Main
Adult Red Panda in the snow
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
(unranked): Ferae
(unranked): Carnivoramorpha
Order: Carnivora
Family: Ailuridae
Genus: Ailurus
Species: A. fulgens
Binomial name
Ailurus fulgens
F.G. Cuvier, 1825
Red panda range
Range of A. fulgens

The Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) is an arboreal mammal found in the Himalayas, northern India, and southwestern China. The Red Panda is the only living species of the genus Ailurus and the family Ailuridae. Despite this, its numbers have been declining over the years due to reasons including poaching and habitat destruction.

Other names

It is also known as the Lesser Panda.

Description

Red Pandas have long red fur covers the top of their bodies while the underparts of the panda are covered by thick black fur. The pandas have short legs which are also covered by black fur along with thick fur that covers the sole of their paws. They sport roundish faces with each individual possessing distinctive markings on their faces.

Red Pandas also have thick, bushy tails with six alternating yellow to red rings.[citation needed]

Similar species

While possessing two subspecies, the Red Panda is the sole member of both its genus and family.

Behaviour

Diet

Mainly eats bamboo, but may eat honey, fruits, eggs, insects and small rodents as well.[citation needed]

Calls

The Red Panda is generally a quiet animal, but may make twittering or whistling noises for communication.[citation needed]

Reproduction

The Red Panda has a low birthrate with only one to two cubs in a litter.

Distribution/habitat

Red Pandas are endemic to the forests of the Himalayas, but also range through certain provinces of China, Nepal, and India.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ Wang, X., Choudhury, A., Yonzon, P., Wozencraft, C. & Than Zaw (2008). Ailurus fulgens. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 30 June 2008.

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