Hangin' With A Red Panda
One Pretty Baby
I really do love all of the animals at the zoo, but there is just something so sweet about the Red Panda.
For one thing, every time I see one at the zoo, it is alone. His solitary existence just seems to tug at my heart. It is so pretty that I always want to just reach in and grab that little cutie and give it a hug.
It breaks my heart to know that the Red Panda is endangered.
The beautiful Red Panda lives, eats and sleeps up in a tree. When it is cold, it will wrap itself with its gorgeous furry, ringed tail to keep warm. The Red Panda sleeps mostly during the day and forages for food at night. They eat fruit, berries, acorns, eggs. mushrooms and bamboo.
Because of his lovely red hair, he has also been named a Firefox and because he resembles a domestic cat, he has been called a Bear Cat and even Red Cat. Ironically, the Red Panda is not a bear, it is not a cat and it is not a fox. It is in fact in a family of its own. It is a Ailuride, part of the Musteloidea superfamily which includes the skunk, weasel and raccoon.
This endangered animal is still illegally hunted for his fur and even for his tail, which is considered a good luck charm.
A Few Facts About the Red Panda
- Weight: 12 - 20 lbs
- Length: 20 - 26 in.
- Tail Length: 12 - 20 inches
- Average Lifespan: 8 years
- Lives in China, India, Myanmar & Nepal
This is an especially adorable video of two Red Pandas playing in the snow.
You will be able to see for yourself their tremendous ability to climb and hang in a tree and I know you will enjoy watching their antics in the snow as much as I do.
Where You Can See a Red Panda
Because Red Pandas are endangered, plus they are awesome at camouflaging themselves within tree branches and leaves, it is rare to see one in the wild. However, many zoos care for Red Pandas.
I highly recommend visiting a zoo sometime soon to see a Red Panda in person. I know you will simply fall in love with them!
Be sure to take your camera too! Once you spot a Red Panda, you will want to memorialize the moment with a snapshot, or perhaps a dozen or more. I always find it difficult to step away from these little sweeties. If he is sleeping, I always want to hang around until he wakes up. If he happens to be awake and moving around, I am simply mesmerized by his ability to slowly climb head first down a tree trunk. Makes me wish I had retractable claws!
Red Panda's on Binders, Mugs & More
Zoos That I Know Care for Red Pandas
- Memphis Zoo
This is my personal favorite simply because they have worked hard to provide fabulous habitats for all of their animals instead of cages, although, for our protection, so animals are behind glass or fence style enclosures.
- The Sacramento Zoo
- Philadelphia Zoo Home Page
The Philadelphia Zoo, America’s first zoo, is a 42-acre Victorian garden that is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered.
- The Birmingham Zoo - Inspiring Passion for the Natural World
The Birmingham Zoo is Alabama's most popular not-for-profit attraction, drawing more than 450,000 visitors annually. Approximately 750 animals of 250 species call the Birmingham Zoo home, including sea lions, cheetahs and endangered species from six
- Bronx Zoo: Saving Wildlife and Wild Places
- Blackpool Zoo
- Willkommen - Aachener Tierpark - EUREGIOZOO
- FIND a Red Panda Near You
You can actually select your city here and find the closest Red Panda to you!
Learn More About the Red Panda
Another Great Book About Red Pandas
© 2009 Cynthia Sylvestermouse