Red Panda

Red Panda

Ailurus fulgens fulgens


Quick Facts
32 to 46 inches from head to tip of tail
12 to 20 pounds
Distribution: Red pandas are found in the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. There are two recognized subspecies, the fulgens (western red panda) and refulgens (Styan’s panda). Brookfield Zoo has fulgens, which are found in the western part of the species’ range, including India, Nepal, and Myanmar.
Habitat: High-altitude forest habitat

Their upper body has long, soft reddish-brown fur, and the underparts are a darker reddish-brown to black, as are the limbs. The bottom of their feet are thickly furred, which makes them well insulated for walking on snow and ice. They have white markings on the side of the head and above the eyes. They have a long, bushy tail that they use to balance, as well as to cover themselves in the colder climates. Semiretractable claws aid them while climbing and give them stability among the branches. They have strong jaws, which they use to chew on bamboo.

Status in the Wild

Listed as "endangered" on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) Red List. 

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