THE RED PANDA
The red panda (which is much smaller than the giant panda) resembles a raccoon in appearance and size.
The red panda weighs 3 - 6 kg (7 - 13 lb). It lives in mountain forests with a bamboo under storey, at altitudes generally between 1500 and 4800 m (5000 - 15,700'). Red pandas almost exclusively eat bamboo.
They are good tree climbers and spend most of their time in trees when not foraging. The red panda is found in a mountainous band from Nepal through northeastern India and Bhutan and into China, Laos and northern Myanmar A female red panda picks a location such as a tree hollow or rock crevice for a maternal den, where she will bear 1 - 5 young. Red pandas are solitary, except for the mating period and the time when a mother and its young are together.
The major threats to red pandas are loss and fragmentation of habitat due to deforestation (and the resulting loss of bamboo) for timber, fuel and agricultural land; poaching for the pet and fur trades; and competition from domestic livestock.