Despite its name, the red panda is more closely related to animals like skunks and raccoons than it is to the giant panda. Endemic to the eastern Himalayas and southern China, the red panda is a solitary animal and the only living member of the family Ailuridae and the genus Ailurus.
Unfortunately, the red panda has been classified as anendangered species for nearly a decade. Currently, there are anestimated 10,000 individuals globally, and that number is believedto be decreasing. The primary threats to the red panda are poachingand a loss of their natural habitat due to deforestation andfragmentation. Thankfully, the red panda is protected by law inevery region in which they're found. They are also capable ofliving in captivity, and as a result many infant red pandas havebeen safely birthed in zoos and sanctuaries around the world!