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Ailuridae - Red Panda

 

Classification

 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Mammalia
 Order: Carnivora
 Family: Ailuridae
red pandaThere is only one species in this family, the red panda.

The red panda is about the size of a domestic cat. It is found in the forested mountain slopes of southern Asia.

The red panda looks more like a raccoon than a panda. It has soft, reddish-brown fur; a black belly and legs; a white face with white stripes that run from its eyes down to its jaw; and a long, bushy tail with brown rings. It has round eyes, pointed ears edged in white, and a pointed snout with a round black nose.

A large part of the red panda's diet is made up of bamboo, but it also eats roots, berries, acorns, insects, and sometimes eggs and young birds. The red panda is a solitary animal and spends much of its time curled up in a ball and resting in a tree branch.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct Not Enough DataNot Enough Data
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist.

U.S. Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Endangered in US Endangered in US
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife. Click on U.S. status icon to go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife species profile.
 

New Hampshire Status Key
Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from NH Fish and Game

Location Key
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 North/Central American Species

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Other Species Around the World

Red Panda - Ailurus fulgens Vulnerable Asia image More Info

   

Additional Information

Resource Key
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Red Panda- Ailurus fulgens Species Profile images Video Vulnerable Asia
The red panda's red coat provides an effective camouflage in the tree.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Red Panda - Ailurus fulgens Species Profile photos Vulnerable Asia
Red pandas sleep during the hottest part of the day.
Source: San Diego Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Red Panda - Ailurus fulgens Species Profile images Video Vulnerable Asia
The red panda's bushy, striped tail is 18 inches long.
Source: National Geographic Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle/High School Teacher Section: Yes

Red Panda - Ailurus fulgens Species Profile photos Vulnerable Asia
The red panda has sharp claws that help it climb trees.
Source: Philadelphia Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Red Panda - Ailurus fulgens Species Profile images Vulnerable Asia
Red pandas are found in the Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces in China, in the Himalayas, and in Myanmar.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Red Panda - Ailurus fulgens Species Profile images Video Vulnerable Asia
The female red panda has litters of one to four young.
Source: Untamed Science Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Red Panda - Ailurus fulgens Species Profile Vulnerable Asia
The red panda's calls include short whistles, squeaks, snorts, and hisses.
Source: Enchanted Learning Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary School Teacher Section: No Searchable: No