Ailurus fulgens, commonly known as the Red Panda, is a mammal native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. It has reddish-brown fur, a long, shaggy tail, and a waddling gait due to its shorter front legs. Its diet consists mainly of bamboo, but it also eats eggs, birds, and insects. It lives in temperate forests at elevations of 2,200–4,800 meters and is mostly active at night. Its lifespan is typically 8–10 years in the wild and up to 14 years in captivity. The current population of Ailurus fulgens is estimated to be fewer than 10,000 mature individuals.
Name Origin: Ailurus fulgens, commonly known as the red panda, is a species of mammal native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. The name Ailurus fulgens is derived from the Greek words ailouros, meaning "cat," and fulgens, meaning "shining." This is likely a reference to the red panda's reddish-brown fur, which can appear to be shining in certain light.
Related Species: Ailurus styani, Ailurus ilebensis, Ailurus refulgens