06 June 2014 ~ Comments Off on Habitat and Behavior of Red Pandas

Habitat and Behavior of Red Pandas

Red pandas reside in temperate forests located in mountainous regions with altitudes if 6,000 to 16,000 feet (1,800 to 4,800 meters). They occupy hollow spaces in trees, rock dens or caves. The natural predators of red pandas include the yellow necked marten and the snow leopard. Their diet is chiefly made up of tender bamboo shoots and leaves; their diet also includes berries, acorns, roots and sometimes small birds and eggs.


These creatures becomes chiefly active during sundown and throughout the rest of the night. Red pandas are usually solitary creatures except during their first year of life (which is mostly spent with their mothers) and during the mating season (wherein fighting for a particular female can occur). These creatures are dexterous and adept climbers; they often rest of groom themselves in the branches of trees.


Their grooming routine includes licking their body and scratching their faces using the hind and fore paws. The mating season of Red pandas usually takes place in the first three months of a year (January, February and March). Gestation period usually takes 5 months. A litter of young are usually composed of 2 (but may consist of 1 to 4) offspring. The young are usually born blind and covered with thick gray fur.

They reach adult size in 12 months and reach sexual maturity in about 18 months. Generally, these animals have low reproduction rates and only a few numbers of cubs can survive in the wild. They can live around 7 to 8 years in the wild but can survive for 14 years in captivity. It is already considered an endangered species due to unregulated habitat destruction.



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