[Ailurus fulgens fulgens]
  Habitat: Mountainous mixed deciduous and conifer forests
  Length:
20-25”
  Weight:
7-14 lbs
  Max Lifespan: 8-
10 years
  Gestation Period:
112-158 days
  Number of Young:
1-4
  Conservation Status: Endangered

 

- Also known as the lesser panda or red cat-bear.
- Scientific name means “fire-colored cat”.
- Has a “false thumb” that is an extension of the wrist bone.
- When descending a tree head-first, the red panda rotates its ankle to control its descent.
- Before giving birth, females build a nest usually in a hollow tree or rock crevice.

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