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Red panda

Animals in Asia

The red panda is found in the mountainous areas of northern Myanmar (Burma) and in the western parts of the Chinese provinces, Sichuan and Yunnan, typically between 2,200 and 4,800 meters above sea level. Here it lives in temperate areas in both deciduous and coniferous forests, often with undergrowth of bamboo and dense bushes and scrub.

Red Panda

The red panda is 56-63 cm long with a 35-47 cm long and thick tail with light and dark rings. The head is round with a short, white muzzle. It has large, jutting, white ears and white cheeks. The coat is long, reddish brown and quite coarse. Under the slightly coarse coat it is softer and woollier. The belly is typically dark / black, as are the legs. The legs are angled inwards, giving the panda a striking but formidable climbing ability. The color may vary slightly depending on the range of distribution, where the animals are typically slightly darker to the east. There is no difference in color or size between males and females.

The red panda is found in the mountainous areas of northern Myanmar (Burma) and in the western parts of the Chinese provinces, Sichuan and Yunnan, typically between 2,200 and 4,800 meters above sea level. Here it lives in temperate areas in both deciduous and coniferous forests, often with undergrowth of bamboo and dense bushes and scrub.

Males and females meet only during mating season, where males smell of urine and rub their genitals against trees, stones, etc. The female invites the male to mate, which takes place on the ground. Both males and females’ mate with more than one partner.

The red panda is most active at dusk, at dawn and at night. It lives mostly in the trees, but when it rarely climbs down from a tree, it goes headfirst and the tail is used to keep balance.

The food consists of berries, shoots, bird eggs, leaves and shoots, but bamboo leaves are the primary food. The panda bends down the bamboo branches so that it can reach the leaves with its mouth. It can also use the forepaws to lead the food up to its mouth.

The red panda is threatened by deforestation, population growth and other human activities. Fur hunters and poachers also represents a great threat as they sell the fur or animal to interested buyers. The panda is protected and was declared endangered in 1988.

Red panda

"...did you know that the red panda has an extra thumb that enables it to climb the slippery bamboo stems?"

Red panda

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