The primary reason that red pandas are endangered is the destruction of their native habitat. Red pandas require bamboo for food and forests for sleeping and hiding places. Unfortunately, many of the forests in the eastern Himalayan Mountains, where the red panda lives, are being cut down and cleare
The scientific name for the red panda is Ailurus fulgens. The red panda resembles a raccoon with reddish fur. Although red pandas are placed in the order Carnivora, they are generally herbivorous and feed mainly on bamboo, seeds and fruit.
Pandas drink water. Wild pandas can get much of the water they need by eating bamboo but usually need more fresh water than bamboo alone can provide.
Pandas use their physical strength, large molar teeth and strong jaw muscles to protect themselves. They also rely on their natural climbing and swimming skills to flee from predators if the occasion calls for it.
It is against U.S. and international law to acquire or own a red panda as a pet. The only legal reason for acquiring red pandas is for scientific research.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, there were an estimated 1,600 pandas living in the wild during 2004. That is an increase of 600 from the 1988 estimate.
Baby pandas are nursed by their mothers for the first eight to nine months of life. They start eating solid foods, such as bamboo, when they reach 6 months of age.
To draw a panda, draw the basic shape of the panda first, then add the details such as fur and coloration. Use a sketch pad and pencils.
Pandas sleep in many different places, ranging from the trees to the forest floor. Some species of pandas sleep exclusively in trees, such as the red panda, which helps keep them away from predators.
Pandas, like all other mammals, give live birth. Pandas breed only once a year; mating season occurs from March to May, and females are in heat for 2 to 7 days. During this time, a female typically mates with several male panda bears.