- Scientific name: Ailurus fulgens fulgens
- IUCN status: Endangered
- Habitat: Mountain forests.
- Diet: Herbivore – bamboo but also blossoms, berries, birds and mammals.
Red pandas have thick, dense fur and a long, bushy tail to keep them warm. The fur on the soles of their feet also prevents them from slipping on snow and ice. Mainly active at sunrise and sunset, they spend the rest of their time asleep in the trees. Red pandas have become endangered through human activity– the cutting down of their forest homes and the bamboo that forms the main part of their diet. They are also hunted for their fur.
Dublin Zoo has been successful at breeding red pandas. The parents move the cubs to different nesting hollows to confuse potential predators.