The fluffy red panda is easily recognized by its adorable, small size and ringed tail. Almost half of the red pandas body length is in its large, bushy tail, which it depends on for balance and warmth during colder temperatures. As an arboreal species, the red panda is known for spending most of its time up in the tree branches. Bamboo makes up a huge portion of its daily diet, but the red panda also relies on other items to gain its essential nutrients. Just like a giant pandas, the red panda has an additional thumb, used for grasping bamboo sticks. A red panda can eat up to 200,000 leaves of bamboo each day.
The red panda is endangered in its native range due to habitat loss and poaching. Elmwood Park Zoo participates in the Red Panda Species Survival Plan, a shared conservation effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Find me at EPZ
Location: Along the main path, across from Barn.
Arrived at EPZ: Slash - 6/6/15; Amaya - 3/29/17