Red Panda | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Red Panda

Ailurus fulgens

  • Not Evaluated
  • Data Deficient
  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

The Red Panda is listed as ‘endangered’ with less than 10,000 left in the wild. Only slightly larger than a house cat, the Red Panda is native to China and the Himalayas where they thrive high in treetops using their dexterous limbs and skilful acrobatics to travel. A solitary creature, the Red Panda is most active through the night.

Native Range →

From North East India to China, along the Himalayas

Natural Habitat  →

Forests at 2200-4800m with bamboo understory

Diet  →

Bamboo, fruits, mushrooms, leaves, grasses, roots and acorns

Life Expectancy  →

8-10 years in the wild. Up to 14 years in zoos

Breeding  →

1-4 cubs from a 134 day gestation period

Group Name  →


Active Hours  →

During the night, dusk and dawn

Threats  →

Loss of habitat, illegal trade, hunting

Fun fact

Red Pandas have a false thumb, which has developed over time to help them climb trees and eat bamboo.

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