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Red Panda

Scientific Name
Ailurus fulgens
Class:                        
Mammalia
Order:
Carnivoria
Family:                       
Alivridae   
Feeding Type:           
Omnivores  
Range & Habitat:
In the wild they live in conifer and deciduous forests of the Himalayas and other mountain ranges of Southwest China. 
Diet in the Wild:  
Bamboo, Berries, Grass             
Diet at the Zoo: 
Bamboo, Monkey Biscuits, Fruit
Conservation:
Endangered, a Species Survival Plan Animal
 
Unlike the Giant Pandas, they are not a bear. Instead, they are their own independent family called Alivridae. Many think they are related to the raccoon or family of Procyonidae, but this is based on superficial similarities and is incorrect. There are less than 2500 mature adults in existence today. They have already become extinct in 4 of the 7 Chinese provinces. The major threats to red pandas are loss and fragmentation of habitat due to deforestation (and the resulting loss of bamboo) for timber, fuel and agricultural land; poaching for the pet and fur trades; and competition from domestic livestock.
 
The red panda eats mostly bamboo. Like the Giant Panda, it cannot digest cellulose, so it must consume a large volume of bamboo to survive. Its diet consists of about two-thirds bamboo, but they also eat berries, fruit, mushrooms, roots, acorns, lichen, grasses, and they are known to supplement their diet with young birds, fish, eggs, small rodents, and insects on occasion. In captivity they will readily eat meat. Red pandas are excellent climbers and forage largely in trees.
 
Red pandas typically give birth to two cubs. Gestation for red pandas is just over four months, roughly 134 days.  The life span of a Red Panda is 15 to 18 years.
 
Cane, the male red panda, was born at the Knoxville Zoo in Tennessee. His birth date is June 20, 2002. He was hand raised by the staff in Knoxville. Kitar, the female red panda, was born Dec 8, 1999 at the Wellington Zoo Trust in New Zealand. She arrived in Knoxville in 2007 and she was raised by her parents. You can tell the red pandas apart: Cane's facial fur is red and Kitar's is white. 
 
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