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Red Pandas have a specially designed wrist and paw which allows them to grasp branches to eat Mogo Zoo have been successful in breeding a number of Red Pandas

Quick Facts

Weight: 3-6.5kgs

Size: body length 50-64cm, tail 28-59cms

Number of offspring: 1-2 cubs per year

Gestation: 4-5 months

Maturity: 18 months

Lifespan: 8-12yrs

Predators: Snow leopards

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Red panda

Ailurus fulgens

Habitat

Montane forest with dense bamboo, thicket understory 2000-4500m above sea level

Natural behavior

Mostly nocturnal or crepuscular and arboreal, living in territories which are marked by both sexes.Males occupy territories overlapping several females. Due to a diet naturally poor in nutrients they have extremely slow metabolisms and spend half the day resting

Description

Reddish brown fur on back and head with glossy black underside and legs. White muzzle, cheeks and ear rims. Alternating light and dark rings on tail, semi retractable claws, fur also covers bottom of feet

Distribution

Throughout the Himalayan mountains; Nepal, India, South West China, Laos, Myanmar, Bhutan

Diet

Omnivores; although their diet consists almost entirely of young bamboo leaves and shoots, eggs, fruit, roots, birds, rodents, acorns, and insects are also consumed

Reproduction

Breeding occurs once a year in early winter and mating is performed on the ground. Females line tree hollows or crevices with nesting material. Cubs are born and remain in these nests for the first few months of life. Males have a small or nonexistent role in raising young

Social structure

Predominately solitary forming pairs only during breeding, rarely interacting outside mating. Females spend the first 1-1.5 years with their offspring

Threats

Habitat destruction due to the timber and agricultural industry. Poaching for wild meat, medicine, pelts and pet trade