Red pandas look similar to their relatives, the racoons. Deforestation is a major cause of their decline and in the past it has been hunted to provide fur for caps, and tails for dusters. Some have been captured for the pet trade. Now the red panda is protected throughout most of its range and international breeding programmes have been set up in zoos.
Where they live
The Himalayas, Burma, Nepal, western Szechan and Yunnan
What they eat
Principally bamboo. Occasionally small mammals, birds, blossoms and berries