The Red Pandas (Ailurus fulgens), are very skillful and acrobatic animals that predominantly stay in trees. Almost 50 percent of the red panda’s habitat is in the Eastern Himalayas. They use their long, bushy tails for balance and to cover themselves in winter, presumably for warmth. Primarily an herbivore, the name panda is said to come from the Nepali word ‘ponya,’ which means bamboo or plant eating animal. The species has been classified as endangered in the IUCN Red List. Presently Nainital Zoo has got six individuals.
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