Red Panda

Red pandas are endangered in the wild due to the fragmentation of its natural habitats and their food specialisation needs.

In southwest China, the Red panda is hunted for its fur and especially for its highly valued bushy tail from which hats and wedding charms are produced. A Red panda’s coat is made up of long coarse hairs and dense undercoat to insulate against the cold weather of its high-altitude habitat.

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Facts about Red Pandas

The Red panda has previously been thought to be part of the raccoon and bear families. However, research has meant that they are now in their own separate family – Ailuridae.

They are excellent climbers, using their strong claws to grasp branches. Their jaws are powerful and their teeth and forelimbs are specially adapted for manipulating and crushing bamboo, which makes up 95% of their diet.

Red pandas are solitary animals in the wild with males and females only coming together in the mating season and a mother rearing her cubs until they are around 10 months – 1-year-old.

Meet Ash

Ash, a charming red panda, has made a significant journey from the Welsh Mountain Zoo to his new home here at Hertfordshire Zoo. Ash’s relocation from the Welsh Mountain Zoo to Hertfordshire Zoo is more than just a simple move. It symbolises the ongoing efforts in wildlife conservation and is part of the Endangered Species Breeding Programme. Red pandas, known for their distinctive reddish-brown fur and bushy tails, are an Endangered species, making Ash’s arrival an event of considerable significance for conservationists and animal lovers alike.



Key Facts

Bamboo, shoots, fruit, small mammals, birds, eggs.
Life Span:
8 years wild | 15 years captivity
The Himalayas including parts of Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, India, and China.
Did you know?
Red pandas also have fur on the soles of their feet to aid grip on wet branches and to keep them warm.




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