Red pandas are mostly solitary creatures, only coming together in the wild to mate, says PJ Jones of the Roger Williams Park Zoo. They're also mainly active at dawn, dusk, and at night, and live at elevations between 4,900 and 16,500 feet.
Red Panda Pictures That Make You Say "Awww"
In honor of Red Panda Day, we put together our favorite photos of the bushy-tailed, tree-dwelling mammal.
With its bushy tail, little-old-man eyebrows, and rust-colored coat, the red panda is difficult to resist. While in some corners of the Internet every day seems like Red Panda Day, September 19 is the official date to celebrate this charismatic creature.
Native to China, Myanmar (Burma), and other parts of Asia, red pandas are tree-dwelling, housecat-size mammals whose numbers have declined in recent years due to habitat loss.
Many of the red pandas seen cavorting on YouTube videos are young ones engaged in play, says PJ Jones, animal care manager at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, which is home to red pandas. "You will see some play behavior from older [red pandas], but not nearly