Red Panda

Ailurus fulgens

About the Red Panda


Geographic Range:


Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Ailuridae
Genus: Ailurus  
Species: fulgens

The red panda resembles a raccoon because of its ringed tail and mask-like face. It's named for the soft, dense red fur that covers even the soles of its feet, keeping it warm in the forests of its Himalayan habitat. The red panda’s daily grooming ritual includes licking the soles of its furry feet. The red panda has a bushy tail that provides balance while climbing trees, where its red-and-white markings camouflage it among the mosses and lichens that grow on the trees of its habitat. 

Viewing Tip

Yang is a sleepy gentleman; you can usually find him snoozing on a roof or on the highest shelf in his exhibit. Carys is an active panda, and you’ll often spot her making the rounds and eating all the bamboo in sight (though grapes are her favorite training treat)!