They belong to a family of their own, but are closely related to the bear and raccoon families.
The Red Panda has beautiful rusty red fur which it needs to keep warm in the cold mountainous areas where it lives. They are crepuscular, which means that they are especially active at dawn and dusk. Because of their low calorie diet they need to eat for a large part of each day. In the wild their diet is mainly bamboo plus some berries, mushrooms, grasses and bark. They have a specialised wrist bone which acts like a thumb to hold food.
They are a species with a European breeding programme, and it is the ‘Studbook Keeper’ who decides which animals should be paired together. Our first panda was Pandora, a wonderful female who produced a single cub, then triplets! These are very rare but happily the two boys and a girl all thrived.
In 2012 we collected a young female from Copenhagen Zoo. She was chosen to join Lang Za, who was bred at Port Lympne Zoo. The female is called Jai-Li, meaning ‘strong and beautiful’. She had twin boys in 2013 and twin girls in June 2014 and one cub ‘Koda’ in 2015. Please see the stories below for further updates on our Red Pandas.
We support wild populations via two projects through our very popular RED PANDA EXPERIENCES. Find out more here. The Red Panda Network is committed to the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat through the education and empowerment of local communities.
Heavy snow at Paradise Park in Cornwall – some nice photos