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The fact file of Red pandas

Updated on September 29, 2014

The red pandas are the small animals living in the hilly regions of India, China and Nepal. They are little bigger than the normal domestic cats. They are lovely and fun-loving.

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Some unknown facts about Red pandas

  1. The Red panda is also known as the shining cats.
  2. Red Pandas are often called Red cat bear for their lovable features
  3. Red Pandas can live as high as up to 4800 altitude
  4. Red Pandas are usually hervivore
  5. Some Red pandas eat non-vegetarian items like egg, small insects, etc.

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The recent threats to Red pandas

  1. Heavy defforestation leads to massive habitat loss of these little creatures.
  2. Red Pandas prefer to live in higher altitude within coniferous and decidous forests
  3. The decline in such forest possess several threats to them.
  4. The lesser growth of bamboo trees in India and world wide have engendered a survival threat to them. Bamboo is one of the basic food to them.
  5. Hunting and poaching of Red Panda for their fur is one of the major reasons that lead to recent dip in their populace.

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Deep concern in China

In recent times there has been a serious debate in China over the massive decline in Red Panda populace. World's most populous nation is facing the angst of conservationist and animal lovers due to its failure toward saving this endangered animal.

There has been a sharp decline in the population of Red panda over the last five decades. China is considered to be a home for the red pandas but constant decrease in their population has heavily shocked the world.

Illegal hunting and poaching of red pandas in China has led to massive killing of these little animals. environmentalists are very shocked at the casual attitude of Chinese Government. The track record of China towards preserving Giant Panda is also not good enough.

The illegal hunting and poaching of these endangered animals are already prohibited under the law but hunters do Succeed sometime in their nefarious goals. This is a matter of grave concern in most countries.


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Why there is a constant fall in Red panda populace worldwide?

The numerous efforts carried on a global scale to save Red pandas are just not enough to save this innocent creature. Ecologists worldwide are worried about their constant fall in population. Many animal rights organisations have started working to rasie awareness of the people about the need for a healthy bio-divesity.

Few points to be noted here:

  1. Red Pandas have naturally high death rate and this leads to larger deaths of this animal even in normal cases.
  2. Red Pandas do not have high breeding capacity that we observe in some other animals such as Dogs, Pigs, etc.
  3. Red Pandas should not be keps as pets. This highly affects their natural breeding capacity. They must be kept in the wild or at conservation centers with other red pandas. In few Asian countries they are adopted as pets but it is not good for them.

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Few recent initiative

In India, the Red panda has been declared as a highly endangered animal. Providing any harm to them is strictly prohibited. These pandas reside in the lush greenary areas near Himalayas. Indian states are doing a lot to promote the welfare of this animal.

Sikkim (an Indian state) has declared the Red panda as its state animal way back in 1990. Similarly Darjeeling (located in the Indian state of West Bengal) considered Red Panda as the lucky mascot for its Tea and Tourism festival in recent years.

Indian states of Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal are concentrated with the populace of Red Panda. Indian government has created nearly 20 such protected areas for conservation of this little creature. Recently the nation has started a new breeding centre at the Darjeeling Zoo in West Bengal to increase the Panda population in this part of the world.


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The future ahead

The cute and small red pandas are small mammals. The continuous downfall in their population has raised global concern these days. At present their total population is as little as 10000 only.

The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), a global organisation that looks after the protection of endangerd animals and birds has considered red pandas as endangered species. It is necessary that the world must unite now to save these animals. The need of the hour now is to constantly raising the awareness of people about the importance of red panda to maintain proper balance in our ecosystem.


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