Red Panda

Ailurus fulgens

What is this frosty-faced beauty of ringed tail and rust-colored fur? Some call it fire fox, shining cat, cloud bear, or Himalayan raccoon. Though similar in character and appearance to raccoons and bears, the tree-dwelling, bamboo-munching red panda is in a family of its own. 

Made for a life in the trees, the red panda travels through the canopy with ease. Not only is the panda a great climber, it is also an amazing jumper, clearing distances up to five feet. Hair on the bottom of its feet keeps the panda from slipping on branches.

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  • Red pandas spend up to 13 hours a day foraging for bamboo, eating only the youngest, most tender leaves.
  • Pandas have a small, thumb-like bone that sticks out from the wrist that helps them grasp bamboo shoots.
  • A thick, furry tail that wraps around its body protects the panda from the chilly weather.

Fact File

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where to see themWhere to see them: Next to Spaulding Children's Zoo
lengthLength: 1.5 to 2 ft
weightWeight: 6.5 to 14 lbs
lifespanLifespan: Up to 14 yrs
habitatHabitat: Mountain forest
dietDiet: Primarily bamboo shoots and leaves; some roots, fruit, grasses, acorns, lichens, small animals
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)