Red Panda at the Artis Royal Zoo (also known as Natura Artis Magistra), Amsterdam (Holland)
The Red Panda, also called the Lesser Panda, the Red Bear-cat, and the Red Cat-bear, is a carnivoran native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. It is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List because the wild population is estimated at fewer than 10.000 mature individuals and continues to decline due to habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching, and inbreeding depression. Despite its name, it is not closely related to the Giant Panda. The Red Panda has reddish-brown fur, a long, shaggy tail, and a waddling gait due to its shorter front legs; it is roughly the size of a domestic cat, though with a longer body. It is arboreal and feeds mainly on bamboo, but also eats eggs, birds, and insects. It is a solitary animal, mainly active from dusk to dawn, and is largely sedentary during the day. The Red Panda is the only living member of the genus Ailurus and the family Ailuridae.