About Red Pandas
Red pandas are built for climbing and spend most of their time in trees, using trees for shelter, to avoid predators and for sun bathing. They have semi-retractable claws and five toes on each paw. Their ankles can rotate which allows them to climb down trees head first.
Female red pandas nest in tree hollows where they raise between one and three cubs. At birth, cubs are covered by thick, wooly gray fur. The cubs leave the care of their mother when they are fully grown at 1 year old.
As a rule, red pandas tend to be quiet, although they do vocalize using squeals, twitters, hisses and grunts to communicate. When in distress, young cubs may whistle to signal for help.
Red Pandas at the Akron Zoo
The red pandas are currently off exhibit while their new habitat in under construction. The new red panda habitat will be included in Wild Asia, opening summer 2020!
Red Pandas in the Wild
Forested mountain ranges where temperatures get extremely cold.
Red pandas inhabit areas in the Himalayas and high mountains of northern Myanmar (Burma) and west Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces of China. They can also be found in mountainous areas of Nepal, India and Tibet.
Red pandas feed mainly on bamboo; 85-95% of their diet. They will also feed on fruits and acorns and have been known to eat small rodents, young birds and insects.
Red panda is listed as “endangered” on IUCN Red List because its population has plausibly declined by 50% over the last three generations (estimated at 18 years) and this decline is projected to continue, and probably intensify, in the next three generations.
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