Red Panda Facts for Kids

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  • Scientific name is Ailurus Fulgens
  • Red Pandas live in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces of China, Himalayas, Myanmar (Burma) and Nepal.
  • Red Pandas were classified in the Procyonidae (raccoon) and Ursidae (bear) families but are now classified in their own family called Ailuridae.
  • Red Pandas are reddish-brown in color with busy tails.
  • They are 20-23 inches long. Their tails are 11-23 inches long.
  • They weigh between 12-20 pounds.
  • Red Pandas are arboreal (they spend most of their time in trees) mammals.
  • Red Pandas are herbivores meaning they do not eat meat.
  • There are two sub-species: Western Red Panda and Styan’s Red Panda.
  • Red Pandas are nocturnal meaning they sleep during the day.
  • Red Pandas are crepuscular meaning they are most active during dusk and dawn.
  • Red Pandas mostly stay to themselves except during mating time.
  • Red Pandas mostly eat bamboo however they will also eat berries, blossoms and bird eggs).
  • Red Pandas spend 13 hours a day eating!
  • Snow Leopards and Wild Dogs are predators to the Red Panda.
  •  A mother Red Panda gives birth to her cub after 134 days.
  • Babies are usually born in holes inside trees.
  • The mother’s den is usually high up in the trees to protect them from predators.
  • Red Pandas are endangered mostly due to deforestation meaning their habitat is disappearing.
  • There are approximately 2,500 adult Red Pandas left in the wild.