Red Panda

The scientific name for the red panda means cat-like and brightly-colored. The colors of the red panda’s coat help it to blend in among the lichens and mosses in its forest home.


  • Scientific Name: Ailurus fulgens
  • Range: Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, China
  • Status in the Wild: Endangered
  • Location in the Zoo: Outside of Natural Encounters (near Zoo entrance)
  • Cool Animal Fact: The red panda was the “original” panda, first described in 1821, 48 years before the giant panda was found.