Red Panda

Mahogany Locke Period 2 5/16/16

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The Red Pandas live in the mountains of Eastern Himalayas in Asia where Snow Leopards and Martins also live(WWF) While they live in the Himalayas they live in altitudes 1,800 to 4,000 meters, because of it raining so much it results in it being misty it also snow there (A-Z Animals). They specifically live in the bamboo forest where it is cold at (A-Z Animals). They spend most of their time trees (WWP). Where red moss and white lichen grow on the trunks of trees (SanDiego Zoo Animals). They live alone except when its mating season. (A-Z



Red Pandas are agile climbers with their four muscular legs to climb wooly fur between

they're paws so they don't slip on wet branches and sharp claws to grip onto trees (A-Z Animals). They are cat-like but have their own species that they belong to (SanDiego Zoo Animals). They live alone but see others in breeding season , when their territories overlap and when they see their mothers because they associate with her over a year. Females territories need to be one square mile males need twice this size. The mark their territories with anal glands urine and scent glands on the pads of their feet.

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Body Covering

Red Pandas are vertebrates their whole body is covered in wooly fur the upper part of their body is mahogany fur and the lower part of the body is black fur(WWF). Their ears, muzzle , tear marks and some part of their part of their cheek is cream colored with blacks eyes and black nose also has fur on its paws (WildlifeExtra). The tail has rings of mahogany and cream fur, they shed the winter coat in the spring.
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The Red Panda is an omnivore but even though it is an omnivore 90% of what they eat ripe bamboo leaves but only in spring (Wildlife Extra). In the summer, they eat fruit and also eat eggs, small bird, small rodents. Red Pandas hold their food by using extended wrist bone like a thumb just like the panda (San Diego Zoo Animals). In the winter when bamboo is not there, they can lose 15% of their body weight when other foods they eat are not available (WildLife Extra). They get water from the streams in the there area and they drink by putting their paws into the water and drinking them from there (SanDeigo Zoo Animals). When Red Pandas eat bamboo they only get a fourth of the nutrients this is because their guts are made carnivorous not herbivorous like a cow that's why they eat so much bamboo (WildLife Extra).


Red Pandas reproduce sexually and fertilization is internal and the embryos developed on the inside of the female insides (Wildlife Extra). Breeding season in January through March the gestation period is 3 to 4 months, in the last days before she gives birth the mother "builds a birthing den in a hollow tree, stump , or rock crevice, lining it with twigs, leaves, grass moss, and small branches" (San DiegoZoo Animals). They can give birth 1-5 cubs but on average only give birth to two. They are born blind but start opening in a few weeks but only fully open them until a month. They also don't "leave the nest until they are three months old" and only eat bamboo for a whole year and become adult size in a year and also "become sexually mature in 18 months" , they usually live up to 10 years (Red Panda Network) .
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Snow Leopards, Martens, and Birds of Prey are predators to the Red Pandas but Red Pandas are good at surviving because of all the adaptation they have. they have an extended wrist bone tat they use it as a thumb to hold food, they have large bushy tails that make sure they don't lose heat or use as a pillow or to keep their balance (Red Panda). They use short whistles and squeaks to communicate. Also, they're nocturnal so they can be safe while foraging. they have claws to protected them from predator and they are agile climbers. Finally, they are very light so they can climbs on branches and predators can't reach them.

Other Info

  • Chinese name in "hun-ho that means firefox
  • In China Red Panda and Pandas both live in bamboo forest
  • The Red Pandas weighs 5% of a giant panda's weight
  • Red Pandas use their tongues to detect different scents
  • If a red panda's den is discovered by a human more than once, the mother panda may respond by eating her cubs
  • Red Pandas do not like water
  • They are warm blooded
  • The red panda is the state animal of the Indian sate of Sikkim
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works cited

“About the Red Pandas.” Red Panda Network. Red Panda Network, 21 Feb. 1992. Web. 17 May 2016. <>.

Kuczmarski, Kayla. “Adaptations.” Ailurus fulgens styani Red Panda. Kayla Kuczmarski, 27 Apr. 2007. Web. 17 May 2016.

Miller, Sara Swan. Red Pandas. New York: Power KidsPress, 2008. Print. Paws and claws.

“Red Panda.” A-Z Animals. A-Z Animals, n.d. Web. 10 May 2016. <>. Talks about Habitat Reproduction Diet

“Red Panda.” San Diego Zoo Animals. San Diego Zoo, n.d. Web. 10 May 2016.<>.

“Red Panda Facts - All about Red Pandas.” WildlifeExtra, n.d. Web. 16 May 2016. <>.

“Where Do Red Pandas Live? And Other Red Panda Facts.” WWF. WWF, n.d. Web. 11 May 2016. <>.