When you see the zoo’s irresistibly cute red pandas, chances are they’ll be up in the trees. They eat, climb, walk and play in the branches, rarely venturing down to ground level. This tree-house lifestyle is made possible with help from their semi-retractable claws and impressive acrobatic skills. They even sleep in the trees, draping themselves over the branches and using their bushy tails as pillows and blankets for extra warmth.
Like their namesake, giant pandas, red pandas have a special false thumb they use to strip leaves off bamboo stalks.
At a Glance
Ailurus fulgens styani
3.5 - 6 kg (7.72 - 13.2 lb.)
Length of 1 m (3.3 ft.)
Temperate, bamboo forests
Mostly bamboo, also blossoms, berries, eggs, birds and small mammals