Common names: Red Panda, Lesser Panda, Panda, Firefox, Firecat
Scientific name: Ailurus fulgens
Conservation status: Vulnerable
Population in the Wild: difficult to determine between 2500 to 20,000
Habitat: Temperate forest in the Himalayas in Western Nepal, West China, Norther India, Bhutan and Northern Myanmar
Behavior: Crepuscular, omnivorous, arboreal
Closest Relatives: distantly related to raccoons, skunks, badgers
-Red Pandas were first classified as bears, then raccoons, but are now classified as their own family.
-The Giant Panda actually got its name from the Red Panda when it was thought they were from the same family.
-It is believed that Panda comes from the Nepali word poonya meaning bamboo eater.
-inbreeding (due to habitat fragmentation)