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Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens, lit. "shining cat"), is a small arboreal mammal native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China and related to raccoons, skunks and weasels.

SWIRLY MIXED MEDIA PANDA | In the beginning, scientist did not know what the bamboo eating mammal was. They initially thought it to be a possible part of the raccoon family. However, molecular studies determined the giant panda was a true bear, part of the Urside family. It’s closest extant relative is the South American Spectacled bear. Do not be confused with the Red Panda having the same name to be part of the same family. The Red Panda are distant… > Read & learn more at

Red Panda by Mathias Appel | The black-and-white giant panda may have worldwide popularity, but the bewitching and arboreal “other bamboo eater” has its own allure. Surprisingly, red panda fossils have been discovered in North America that date as far back as 5 million years.