Red Panda

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  • March 9, 2020
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Red Panda

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III- Environment

In News:

  • Hunting of Red Panda has decreased as per study by wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, indicative of the success of awareness campaigns.
  • Red panda is endemic to the temperate forests of the Himalayas.
  • Native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China.
  • It is arboreal, feeds mainly on bamboo, but also eats eggs, birds, and insects
  • Habitat: Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal and northern Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Threat: Hunted for meat and fur, besides illegal capture for the pet trade. 
  • IUCN Status: Endangered 
  • Significance: Red panda’s survival is crucial for the eastern and north-eastern Himalayan subalpine conifer forests and the eastern Himalayan broadleaf forests
  • Estimated Population: 14,500 animals in the wild across Nepal, Bhutan, India, China and Myanmar.
  • It is the state animal of Sikkim

Protected areas

  • Kanchendzonga National Park (NP) — Sikkim
  • Neora Valley NP – West Bengal
  • Namdapha National Park – Arunachal Pradesh
  • Singalila National Park – West Bengal

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