Range: Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Burma, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces
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Scientific Name: Ailurus fulgens refulgens
Habitat: bamboo forests of Himalayan mountains
Diet: bamboo leaves, berries, grasses; also small rodents
Life Span: 12–14 years captivity (unknown in wild)
Young: 1-4 young/litter (cub)
Size: 4-6 kg (8–13 lbs)
In the wild red pandas spend much of the daytime sleeping, foraging for food at dusk and dawn. Bamboo leaves are a staple in their diet and they have developed a specialized wrist bone that acts like a thumb. This allows them to grasp bamboo stalks. Red pandas are well adapted for climbing.
A frightened or angry red panda will hiss like a cat.
Red Panda Network
The Edmonton Valley Zoo has taken up the cause to protect and conserve these animals in their native habitat. Donations received from the campaign will be administered by the Red Panda Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the Panda's habitat and educating the people of Nepal.
Species Survival Plan
The Species Survival Plan (SSP) consists of co-operative, coordinated breeding programs for captive endangered species throughout the world. Species Survival Plans are not a substitute for preserving animals in nature but are a strategy for creating healthy, self-sustaining, captive populations that can be reintroduced into restored or secured habitats.
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