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Red pandas are carnivorans and yet they prevail as herbivores, feeding mainly on bamboo. They are predominantly nocturnal and crepuscular (active during twilight), foraging on the ground and in trees. Daytimes are spent sleeping on tree branches or in tree hollows. With their reddishbrown fur they are surprisingly well camouflaged among tree branches. They are solitary animals.
European Endangered species Program
This animal is managed by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) under the European Endangered species Program.
|Classification||Order: carnivorans (Carnivora); family: red pandas (Ailuridae) No relation to the giant panda.|
|Habitat||Moist and cool climates, mountainous/bamboo forests at 1,500–4,800 m|
|Reproduction||Gestation period: ca. 114–145 days; 1–4 cubs, born in a hollow tree or rock crevice – from which they will venture at around 3 months.|
|Diet||Primarily bamboo shoots (80 % of the diet) in addition to grasses, roots and fruits and small amounts of eggs, insects, young birds and rodents|