Panda-ring around.. by Kristina K
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Camera.Sony A200
lens 55-200
Taken at Melbourne Zoo Victoria Australia 11.08.09

*The red panda is dwarfed by the black-and-white giant that shares its name. These pandas typically grow to the size of a house cat, though their big, bushy tails add an additional 18 inches (46 centimeters). The pandas use their ringed tails as wraparound blankets in the chilly mountain heights.

The red panda shares the giant panda’s rainy, high-altitude forest habitat, but has a wider range. Red pandas live in the mountains of Nepal and northern Myanmar (Burma), as well as in central China.

These animals spend most of their lives in trees and even sleep aloft. When foraging, they are most active at night as well as in the gloaming hours of dusk and dawn.

Red pandas have a taste for bamboo but, unlike their larger relatives, they eat many other foods as well—fruit, acorns, roots, and eggs. Like giant pandas, they have an extended wrist bone that functions almost like a thumb and greatly aids their grip.

They are shy and solitary except when mating. Females give birth in the spring and summer, typically to one to four young. Young red pandas remain in their nests for about 90 days, during which time their mother cares for them. (Males take little or no interest in their offspring.)

The red panda has given scientists taxonomic fits. It has been classified as a relative of the giant panda, and also of the raccoon, with which it shares a ringed tail. Currently, red pandas are considered members of their own unique family—the Ailuridae.

Red pandas are endangered, victims of deforestation. Their natural space is shrinking as more and more forests are destroyed by logging and the spread of agriculture.*

Info Taken from National Geographic website

Photos by Kristina K




Comments

  • LeilaniMelayna
    LeilaniMelaynaover 5 years ago

    This precious capture is just to cute & special & adorable for words…awesome capture, Dear Kristina!

    Smiles Leilani

  • leilani, he is everything you said,lol..thanks hun:)) k

    – Kristina K

  • shilohlin
    shilohlinover 5 years ago

    OH Kris…. this is an amazing little soul ;o) super
    shot of him! Love the bio too~

  • thanks shilohlin, i thought you might like him..lol.. thanks so much glad i could share..:)) k

    – Kristina K

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 5 years ago

    Greetings Kristina; Very beautiful capture ! Very interesting information about an animal that I have never heard of, thanks !
    steve

  • hello my friend steve, wow, i am glad i could share him with you, i didnt know much either until i looked him up..lol.. thanks :)) k

    – Kristina K

  • ctheworld
    ctheworldover 5 years ago

    This is sooooo sweet! And you’ve done your homework on the subject! Well done my friend!! :-)

  • thanks my friend, he was very cute and i didnt really know much about him so thought i would share what i found..lol.. :)) k

    – Kristina K

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 5 years ago

    It looks as interested in you as you were in it. Well done and good narrative.

  • he was checking me out, he only stayed there a few minutes and then moved..lol..thanks fred :)) k

    – Kristina K

  • Karen K Smith
    Karen K Smithover 5 years ago

    Oh Red Panda’s are so cool..somewhere in my archieve of photos I have pics of a red panda at the Portland Zoo USA from 1985. Awesome shot and text!

  • hi karen, archives on rb, i will have to check out your panda.
    thanks for the awesome comment too..:)) k

    – Kristina K

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 5 years ago

    Arrrr beautiful

  • taa joy, :)) k

    – Kristina K

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 5 years ago

    Sooooooo very adorable :)

  • thanks cee, :)) k

    – Kristina K

  • Gregory John O'Flaherty
    Gregory John O...over 5 years ago

    Beautiful !!!

  • thanks my friend :) k

    – Kristina K

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 5 years ago

    Very vibrant image and great text, these guys are so sweet :-)) xx

  • thanks hun, he was so swett, these were the only shots i got, as he ran to the other side of the tree..lol.. :)) k

    – Kristina K


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