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The Red Panda

Symbolizes: Gentleness

The Red Panda, is also known as a "firefox".

Red Pandas are most closely related to the group that includes skunks, raccoons and weasels. They have no relation to the Giant Panda.

September 21st each year is International Red Panda Day.

They are small and not much larger than a house cat. They weigh approximately 8-17 pounds.

Their population is decreasing and there are less than 10,000 left.

Loss of habitat from logging, poaching for their beautiful coat, and a low reproductive rate are their main threats.

In the wild, Red pandas are extremely shy and found in the high mountain forests of Nepal, India, Bhutan, China and Myanmar (Burma).

They can detect different scents with their tongue.

They are skilled climbers and are one of the few animals in the world that can climb down trees headfirst.

The reddish markings on their face are believed to protect their eyes from the sun.