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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.

What is your zoo doing to help?

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.

Learn more about this species

Get Closer: Qiji on the Transforming Edmonton Blog

These are some other websites that we think have more great information about this species.

Red panda on Animal Diversity Web

Red Panda Network


Range: Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Burma, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces

Status in the Wild

Status: endangered

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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