© Dipankar Ghose/WWF-India

About Red panda

Key Facts

  • Common Name

    Red panda

  • Scientific Name

    Ailurus fulgens

  • Geographic habitat

    Sikkim, West Bengal, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh

  • Height

    < 30cm

  • Length

    50 to 60 cm

  • Weight

    Male: 4.5-6.2kg, Female: 3.7-4.5kg

  • Population

    Around 2500

  • Status


  • Did you know?

    The red panda has an extra thumb for feeding and climbing

© Dipankar Ghose/WWF-India
Red Panda
© Dipankar Ghose/WWF-India


• Habitat fragmentation and degradation.
• Predation by feral dogs.
• Occasional hunting and poaching.
The red panda is a small arboreal mammal found in the forests of India, Nepal, Bhutan, and the northern mountains of Myanmar and southern China. It thrives best at 2,200-4,800m in mixed deciduous and conifer forests with dense understories of bamboo, though red panda evidences have also been found at 1800m.
In India, this elusive species is found in Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts of West Bengal. It is the state animal of Sikkim.  Listed as Endangered in the IUCN red list of Threatened Species and under Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, the red panda has the highest legal protection. WWF India has been working since 2005 in the eastern Himalayan region to conserve this species.
Our goal is to halt the degradation of the red panda habitat, facilitate the recovery of the degraded habitats and enable community stewardship of red panda and its habitat.
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