The Red Panda, also known as the Firefox and the Lesser Panda a tree-dwelling mammal moderately larger than a domestic cat, with a big bushy tail akin to that of the fox. It is found predominantly in Himalayan regions of Nepal and China, but is also found in Northen India, Myanmar and Bhutan.
It is now classed as vulnerable and there are thought to be only around 10,000-20,000 of these animals remaining in the wild.
You can adopt a red panda for a one-off payment of only £19.99 and you will receive a wonderful red panda adoption box containing these items.
Red panda adoption box details
When you adopt a red panda you will be helping the Aspinall Foundation to protect this critically endangered species and their habitats. You will also receive an adoption pack that includes:
- A gorgeous cuddly soft toy of your red panda
- A personalised adoption certificate
- A world map
- A fun fact sheet
- A car sticker
- Free entry ticket to Howletts or Port Lympne animal park
Threats and challenges to the red panda species
The red panda has seen a marked decline in numbers in recent times (40% in 50 years in China alone) due to destruction of its temperate forest habitat and the accompanying fragmentation of red panda populations. Most of the areas in which the red panda lives are subject to some of the highest deforestation rates to be found anywhere, making significant inroads into the destruction and fragmentation of their habitat.
In addition to the destruction of their habitat and despite being legally protected in the countries in which they live, they are also hunted illegally for their fur and their beautiful bushy tails which are often made into hats.
As the red panda also has a low birth rate of only one or two cubs per year and a high mortality rate in the wild it is difficult enough for the red panda population to remain stable without human involvement making a difficult battle for survival even more acute.
About red pandas
You will be adopting Li Yee, who was born at Bristol Zoo as part of an international breeding effort and moved to Port Lympne when she was a year old. She has since become a mother of 4 litters herself and lives with her mate Wing Wor and one of her sons, Lang Za. Her sister Shu Fang and mate Yoda also live at Port Lympne.
Li Yee is a friendly and gentle animal who likes to take grapes from her keeper’s mouth. She spends most of her time sleeping in the trees with her big bushy tail covering her face, and when she isn’t sleeping or slowly climbing trees she sometimes puts on a turn of speed in an effort to catch the odd rabbit or two!
Red pandas primarily feed on bamboo but they will also eat other small animals when they can, along with berries, birds, eggs and grass. In the wild they themselves make a tasty meal for their main predator – the snow leopard.
If you adopt a red panda today you will be giving the red panda species a chance of survival for the future. Just £19.99 will help to protect, feed, and keep healthy and enriched through play, the red pandas which are in care via The Aspinall Foundation around the world.
Where will my red panda adoption donation money go?
The Aspinall Foundation works in conjunction with Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks in the UK to protect rare and endangered animals, and return them to protected areas in the wild. It is a sad fact that humans are likely to cause the extinction of a quarter of all known species in the next 20 years, unless we work together to protect them now.
Animal adoptions make wonderful ethical gifts so why not treat a friend or family member to one of the fantastic red panda adoption boxes and be safe in the knowledge that you have contributed towards helping the red panda species to survive.