Red Pandas

A Rare Find

Species Information

Current Status: As of today, the red panda is classified as vulnerable because its population is estimated to be around 10,000.

Adaptations: Tail: long and bushy and is used to balance one's self while climbing.

Teeth: 38 strong teeth so it is able to chew through its food, mostly bamboo.

Feet & Paws: Bottoms of the feet are coated with wooly fur to reduce heat loss and better traction.

Location: Red pandas are located in Nepal, Burma, and Central China.

Threats

Like most endangered species, the biggest threat to a Red Panda is habitat destruction. The forests in which they live in are being cut down for modernization and for lumber. In Central China, red pandas are hunted for its fur, especially its highly valued bushy tail.

Current Conservation Efforts

It is now protected in all countries in which it lives, and the hunting of Red Pandas is illegal everywhere. Nevertheless, poaching continues and they are often illegally hunted and sold to zoos for dumping prices. The IUCN has mandated that small Pandas are a "threatened species" since 1996, but it is now listed as vulnerable.

Impact

Red Pandas eat bamboo. Therefore, if they went extinct the bamboo would grow more than nature intends for it to grow. Also, animals that prey on Red Panda would have a hard time finding food.


How can we help? You can do simple things like help the environment by planting trees. Though indirectly, this improves wildlife around the world. Other than that are the big things, like donations to animal help societies for endangered species and to zoos which will help them improve the captivated living environment, provoking mating.


Red Panda gets scared by zookeeper