The Red Panda, also known as the Lesser Panda is found in temperate forests in the eastern Himalayas and southern China. It is slightly larger than a domestic cat. It is arboreal, territorial and solitary except during the mating season.
This animal lives mainly on bamboo but also eats eggs, birds, small mammals and insects. They are active from dusk to dawn.
There are two subspecies and it is estimated there are less than 10 000 across their range. Though classified as Endangered by the IUCN Red List they are threatened by poaching, loss of habitat through deforestation, inbreeeding and competition with livestock for food.
Red Panda @ Safari Niagara
- The Red Panda exhibit can be found between the Safari Niagara admission gate and retail store.
- Phoenix and Cassi are Safari Niagara's two Red Pandas.
Did you know?
- Despite consuming large amounts of bamboo in its diet, like the Giant Panda, the Red Panda cannot digest cellulose.
- As a result much of this food passes rapidly through its digestive system without providing real nutrition.