Saturday, September 15, 2012

International Red Panda Day - 15th September 2012

Today the world celebrates Red Pandas. The Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) is classified as Vulnerable in IUCN's Red List. Little is known about this animal due to its shyness. It is also because it lives in temperate forests with bamboo-thick understories in Nepal, India, Bhutan, Myanmar, and southern China.  The population trend is believed to be decreasing, particularly due to habitat los.
Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens)
The international Red Panda Day is aimed at raising awareness towards this species and support conservation efforts. The red panda needs to be conserved as its habitat sustain 15% of the human population. Conservation efforts for this species are focused on protecting this habitat, particularly reducing habitat degradation.  These temperate forests are the lungs of Southern Asia, much like the Amazon forest in South America, and thus more than 500 million people depend on the integrity of this forest for clean air and water.

Also, red pandas are incredibly cute! So if you want to help, have a look at the websites below!

Red Panda Network

Petition - Save the Red Pandas