Red Panda

Red Panda is one of the most beautiful creatures on face of Earth.This beautiful animal is in endangered species category.Their number is decreasing every year.In effort to increase the number Red panda breeding centers are planned.One such breeding center is Himalayan Zoological Park in Gangtok capital city of Sikkim.

Red Panda Fact Board

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Gangtok, India
Date uploaded:
Jun 02, 2012
I took this picture on Gangtok Your.

Red Panda is also declared State Animal of Sikkim.This information is displayed along with other facts about the animal just before breeding center entrance gate.A large part of the park is dedicated to Red Panda.Being an endangered species special care is taken to increase the number and give as much natural habitat as possible to them.

Red Panda has several names most complicated is scientific name Ailurus Fulgens meaning Shining Cat.The name indeed is true as the animal is slightly bigger than domestic cats and have beautiful red skin with fur coated tail.The animal is not completely red but have this name to differentiate it with Giant Panda.Many commonly use Panda for Red Panda in India.

Red Panda breeding center

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Gangtok, India
Date uploaded:
Jun 02, 2012
I took this picture on Gangtok Your.

I shot above picture at breeding center.The animal seems to a shy one as it ran away after seeing me and hid itself behind leaves.I had real tough time to get a snap of Red Panda but was successful at last.I had to change angles and try to be in best position for this shot as it repeatedly kept changing its position.

The panda dog can walk on the trees just like cats.Cats and Red Panda have similar built but Panda is bit bigger than the Cat.Red Panda can walk on wooden sticks or bamboo sticks just like the cats.It has similar characteristic as that of cats in balancing.The body and built of animal helps it in maintaining balance and walk on narrow sticks.

If you change the body color of Red Panda it would look like a cat from a distance.The size,shape and characteristic of Red Panda is similar to that of a domestic cat but the difference is skin color and texture.The skin color and texture earns it the adjective Shining and other similarities with cat earn it name Cat.So Red Panda is rightly termed as Shining Cat.

Red Panda habitat

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Gangtok, India
Date uploaded:
Jun 02, 2012
I took this picture on Gangtok Your.

It can climb on trees,walk on thin bamboo or wooden passage and maintain a terrific balance during climbing and walking acts.Red Panda can be compared to other animals in cat family like domestic cat,leopard etc in these attributes.All these animals can be termed as best gymnast in animal family except monkeys.

But out of these animals Red Panda stands.Red Panda has best of the looks and due to its size and weight it looks cute as well.The red and black color mixed with stripes on the face makes this animal one of the most beautiful one.

The look and aerobatics skills of Red Panda makes this animal special.In below picture Red Panda climbed on top of a tree trunk with circumference area of less than 6 inches.It made a jump of 3 feet vertically to reach the top place and twisted its body to stay there.

So do not forget to visit Himalayan Zoological Park on your Gangtok tour and take some beautiful snap of this beautiful animal.

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