Red Panda

By A.F.

Description

  • Long reddish brown fur with black fur on lower parts(Wikipedia2)
  • Light face with white badges; markings of individuals may vary(Wikipedia2)
  • Long bushy tail with yellowish red rings(Wikipedia2)
  • Head and body: 20-25 in., tail: 11-23 in.(Wikipedia2)
  • Males: 8.2-14 lb., Females: 6.6-13lb.(Wikipedia2)

Food Chain and Habitat

  • they forage mostly in trees and are omnivores(Wikipedia 5)
  • predators include the snow leopard and marten(Wikipedia 5)
  • eats mostly bamboo; bamboo shoots are easier to digest in the summer and fall, harder in the spring, and even harder in the winter(Wikipedia 5)
  • also eats small mammals, birds, eggs, flowers, and berries(Wikipedia 5)
  • they are present from the Himalayas to Nepal to China(Wikipedia 3)
  • they live in temperate forests, foothills, and the tops of mountains(Wikipedia 3)
  • the climate is a moderate 50-77 degrees Fahrenheit with little annual change(Wikipedia 3)
  • their dens are in tree hollows(Wikipedia 4)

Adaptation

  • their long bushy tail provides camouflage(Wikipedia 2)
  • sharp, curved claws for grasping narrow tree branches(Wikipedia 2)
  • legs have black fur for thermal insulation(Wikipedia 2)
  • ''false thumb" for descending headfirst down a tree(Wikipedia 2)
  • scent glands on feet to mark territory(Wikipedia 2)
  • can tolerate between 63-77 degrees Fahrenheit(Wikipedia 2)
  • stands on hind legs when threatened(Wikipedia 2)

Reasons for endangerment

  • competition with domestic livestock(Wikipedia 7)
  • deforestation(Wikipedia 7)
  • illegal poaching/hunting(Wikipedia 7)
  • The Chinese consider their fur good luck(Wikipedia 7)
  • Direct harvest from the wild(Wikipedia 7)