The Red Panda lives beneath the forest canopy in the mountains in Nepal, India, Bhutan, China, Laos and Myanmar. There are 2 subspecies, which live in slightly different geographical areas. The red panda has small features like a cat but the markings of a panda or raccoon. In fact it looks like a cross between all three. It is about the size of a raccoon and weighs 7 to 14 pounds. They are about 20 to 26 inches long with their tail an additional 12 to 20 inches.Red pandas live 12 to 14 years. It is an omnivore (eats both plants and animals). It mostly eats bamboo, but it also consumes fruit, roots, eggs and small mammals. Red panda is diurnal animal that is mostly active in the morning and late afternoon.
credit: Mathias Appel