Red Panda

The red panda lives high up in the Himalayan mountains at a height of 2,000 to 4,800 meters. This small animal, that spends most of its time sitting in trees, is active in the early morning and early evening. It has hairs on the soles of its feet which stop it from slipping over and also keep its feet warm.

Slurping

The red panda washes itself like a cat. First it licks the soles of its front paws. Then it rubs them over its forehead and ears. But it doesn't drink nearly as politely as that. It slurps up the water! And what about eating? The red panda sticks its front paw into mushy food and then licks it off. It eats bamboo shoots, but also fruit, berries, seeds and sometimes small animals, insects and mushrooms.

Red Panda

Ailurus fulgens

  • Habitat: Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Burma and Western China
  • Food: Mainly eats bamboo shoots
  • Age: Lives to 13 years old
  • Weight: 3 to 4.5 kg
  • Offspring: 1 to 4 cubs
  • Gestation Period: Has 1 cub after a gestation period of 130 days.
  • Where can I see them?: On the walking safari

Nice to know:

Cat-like If a red panda wants to wash its head, first it licks its front paw. Then it rubs it over its face and ears, just like a cat.