|Common Name||Red Panda|
|Scientific Name||Ailurus fulgens|
|Alternate Names||Bear Cat, Eater of Bamboo, Fire-Coloured Cat, Fire Fox, Lesser Panda, Petit Panda, Red Bear-Cat, Red Cat-Bear|
|Asia||Forest, Shrubland, Grassland|
|28 cm. | 11 in.||50-66 cm. | 20-26 in.|
|3-9 kg. | 8-20 lb.||8-15 yr.|
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.