October 2017: Red Panda

Scientific Name Ailurus fulgens
Alternate Name Bear Cat, Boar (Male), Cub (Young), Eater of Bamboo, Fire-Coloured Cat, Fire Fox, Lesser/Petit Panda, Red Bear-Cat, Red Cat-Bear, Sow (Female)
Collective Name Litter (Young), Pack
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Carnivora Ailuridae Fulgens
Asia Forest, Shrubland, Grassland
28 cm. 11 in. 3-9 kg. 8-20 lb.
50-66 cm. 20-26 in. 8-15 yr. 6 yr. (Generation)
Endangered Solitary Nocturnal
Decreasing Polygynandrous Omnivore
Fore Hind
2 Subspecies
A. f. fulgens Western
A. f. styani Eastern, Styan’s

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 International Union for Conservation of Nature (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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