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Red Panda

Ailurus fulgens refulgens

Our brand new red panda habitat is open!

Geographic Region: Himalayan Mountains in the Sichuan and Yunnan districts of China and northern Burma

Isn’t it Wild? Also referred to as the lesser panda, bearcat, and Himalayan raccoon – red pandas are actually not related to the giant panda, bears or raccoons. RWPZoo follows the taxonomy designated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List which places the red panda in its own family, Ailuridae.

 There’s More to the Story “The most beautiful creature I have ever seen.” This was French zoologist Frederic Cuvier’s first reaction to the red panda – and we certainly can’t disagree! Even though they are incredibly cute, there is a lot more to this species than their appearance.



Length: 20 – 25 in.

Weight: 8 – 14 lbs.

Zoo Diet

bamboo, grain and fruit such as apples, pears, strawberries, blueberries, and kiwis

Conservation Status


Marco Polo's Adventure Trek

Exhibit information

Follow Marco Polo's wild journey! Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo, the famous explorer, and see some of the animals that he may have encountered as he traveled through the extreme environments of the desert and high mountains. Get a glimpse one of our moon bears climbing or playing in the pool. See the beautiful red pandas and impressive takin. Can you find the secretive snow leopard? Look carefully—they blend in perfectly with their surroundings! If you come in winter, you might just be able to watch our red crowned cranes perform their intricate courtship dance. Can you figure out each of these animal’s adaptations that allow them to survive in such extreme environments?

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