« Like the giant panda, the red panda is very fond of bamboo. »
A species apart
The only representative of its family, the Ailuridae
Though sometimes called the lesser panda, the red panda is not closely related to giant pandas. The giant panda is not the only species that we wrongly associate this adorable little climbing animal with. In English, one of its nicknames is the fire fox. Ailurus Fulgens, the species’ scientific name, translates as “shining cat”… and in China, it is referred to as the “little bear-cat”. Which species do you think the red panda is closest to genetically? It may seem hard to believe but the red panda is, in fact, closer to the raccoon, the skunk, and the weasel!
Beauval Nature contributes to the preservation of the red panda
The red panda is classified as a “vulnerable ” species by the IUCN, and is threatened by many factors, such as agricultural expansion and the degradation of its habitat, particularly due to forest fires.
The Red Panda Network, an NGO, has developed a community conservation project involving 42 Nepalese forest guards from local communities. Their missions include monitoring and conducting censuses on populations of red pandas, as well as fighting forest fires.Beauval Nature has been contributing financially to this conservation programme since 2014.
Inès, the young, shy red panda
Inès arrived at Beauval at the same time as a young male named Browny in the spring of 2018, on the dawn of her first birthday!
Young, she has just had her first baby with Browny: a female born on June 10, 2020. The little one is called Mei which means “pretty” in Chinese.
We hope that Inès and Browny will go on to have many cubs together!
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