October 2017: Red Panda

Common Name   Red Panda
Scientific Name   Ailurus fulgens
Alternate Names   Bear Cat, Fire-Coloured Cat, Fire Fox, Lesser Panda, Nigalya Ponya, Panda Chico, Panda Éclatant, Petit Panda, Panda Rojo, Red Bear-Cat, Red Cat-Bear, Sankam, Thokya, Wah, Wokdonka, Woker, Ye
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Carnivora Ailuridae Fulgens
  Endangered   Asia   Crepuscular, Nocturnal   Solitary   Omnivore


The red panda (Ailurus fulgens) is the only extant member of the Ailuridae family, categorized within the Carnivora order under the higher Mammalia class. Though similar to bears, cats, and raccoons, the red panda’s taxonomic classification has been a topic of ongoing debate amongst researchers. Listed as “endangered” by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species with a population of less than 10,000 individuals, red pandas are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation.

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