The lesser known panda?
The red panda has spent its life living in the shadow of the other, more famous panda. But in Cleveland, they are a guest favorite.
Red pandas are slightly larger than a domestic cat and are known for their russet fur and white markings around their eyes. They are skilled climbers that predominantly stay in the trees, where they spend up to 13 hours a day eating. While the giant panda will eat the whole bamboo plant, the red panda only prefers the leaves. Living solitary lives high up in the Himalayas, the red panda uses it’s 18-inch tail to curl up and keep warm in the winters.
The red panda is at serious risk of extinction due to habitat loss. Pandas are classified as endangered, and are seeing serious population decrease in several countries. According to the IUCN Red List, their biggest threat in the wild is residential and commercial development. The Zoo’s red pandas are ambassadors for their species in the wild. Stop by Asian Highlands to visit this adorable species soon!
Weight- Between 6 and 13 pounds
Tail- 14-18 inches
Habitat- Temperate forests of the Himalayas
Status in the wild: Endangered