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.
Learn more: The Zoo supports the efforts of the Red Panda Network (RPN) to protect red pandas and their bamboo forests in the wild through the education and empowerment of local communities.
Help the Red Panda by purchasing a Paw Print Painting in the Zoo Shop!