Red Panda: Little Bear in Danger (2024)

Until now, the red panda was listed as a species that split into a northern subspecies in China and a southern subspecies in Nepal, India and Bhutan. Modern genetic studies now suggest that the two morphologically almost identical subspecies are so genetically different that a species separation is justified.

Diesouthern species lives in the mountainous regions of Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmaras well as inNorth of India. About 250,000 years ago the northernsecond species in the Tibetan-Chinese bamboo forestsspread out.

Cat bears live inAltitudes between 1,500 and 4,200 metersand come overallfewer than 10,000 conspecificsin the wild, the IUCN classifies the species as“endangered”a.

The WWF works to protect the red panda in this region

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Himalayan region - the roof of the world The Himalayas are the highest mountain range in the world and many of Asia's great rivers originate here. The region is characterized by diverse habitats with a great diversity of species. Learn more

Shy loner

Cat bear, fire fox or red pandais called the approximately one meter tall animal. However, he has neither much with foxes nor with themblack and white namesakestogether. Genetically, the animal can be classified between martens, skunks and raccoons and forms its own family in the animal kingdom, the so-calledCat bears.

In contrast toGiant pandathe red panda eats next to itBambooalsoroots and berriesor once in a whileMice, eggs or young birds. The red panda spends about half of the day looking for food. The red panda is askilled climber: for his rest and sleeping times he chooses places that offer him protection, in trees. The red panda is more of aloner, the animals only come together to mate around the end of December to mid-February.

Are red pandas dangerous?

Red pandas are not dangerous to humans.But with their sharp claws and pointed teeth, they can definitely defend themselves. When they feel threatened, red pandas flee. If you can no longer avoid an attacker,stand on your hind legsin order to appear more threatening and to be able to deal blows with the front paws. Encounters between red pandas and humans are rare in the wildthe animals are very shyand usually stay in the treetops. In their natural habitat, red pandas areabout ten years old, in zoos the animals get a little older.

This is what the WWF is doing to protect the red panda

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The “Red Panda Project” in the Eastern Himalayas The red panda, which is around one meter tall, is critically endangered. The IUCN estimates the total population to be fewer than 10,000 reproductively viable individuals. Learn more

Tough times for the red panda

Today the red panda only lives on the slopes of theHimalayan Mountainsin Asia.poaching,Deforestationand overgrazing of its habitatfrom farm animals have severely affected its population.

The greatest threat to his survival is thisDeforestation of mountain forests. In many parts of its distribution area thePopulationmore than doubled in the past 30 years. ThePeople need space for fields, firewood and building materials. They get all of this from the forest.

The habitatof the red panda is becoming smaller and increasingcut up by roads. This makes it more difficult to exchange different populations. Inbreeding and a special oneSusceptibility to diseaseare the consequences.

Alsopoachingis still a problem because, despite numerous bans, the red panda is still criticized for itsbeautiful furhunted.

Help the Red Panda

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Red Panda There are only 10,000 of these beautiful cat bears left in the wild. The last red pandas could soon disappear forever. We have to prevent that! Help the Red Panda
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    There are fewer than 10,000 red pandas left in the wild; the IUCN classifies the species as “endangered”.Continue reading...

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