Saturday, May 28, 2011

Lesser Panda

Also known as red panda, the Lesser Pandas are seen in eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. As per the facts and information of wildlife conservation, there are only 10,000 Lesser pandas. IUCN classifies this species as vulnerable due to the declining population of this species.

Scientific Name of Lesser Panda

Ailurus fulgens

Features and Facts of Lesser Panda

  • Length: 56 to 63 cm

  • Weight: 3.7 to 6.2 kg

  • Population: less than 10,000

  • Status: Endangered

Conservation of Lesser Panda

The threats Lesser Pandas are facing are direct harvest from the wild, live or dead, competition with domestic livestock resulting in habitat degradation, and deforestation. Habitat loss and fragmentations are the other threats faced by this species. All countries take initiatives to conserve this endangered species. Though conservation efforts varies countries to countries, hunting of Lesser Pandas are illegal everywhere. Various private wildlife organisations are also taking active measures to protect this species from the dangers of extinction.

Endangered species in India

Critically Endangered - Ganges Shark | Pygmy Hog | Himalayan Wolf | Indian Vulture

Endangered - Asiatic Black Bear | Snow Leopard | Wild Cat | Sei Whale | Banteng | Asian Arowana | Red Panda | Loggerhead Sea Turtle | Asiatic Lion | Royal Bengal Tiger | Markhor | Fin Whale | Olive Ridley Turtle | Lion Tailed Macaque | Chiru | Indus River Dolphin

Vulnerable - Takin | Brown Bear | Humpback Whale | Slow Loris | Clouded Leopard | Tiger | Gaur | Goral | Mouflon | Fishing Cat | Sloth Bear | Blackbuck | Asiatic Golden Cat | Wild Yak | Barasingha | Wild Goat | Indian Wolf | Dhole | Dugong | Indian Fox | Sperm Whale | Ganges River Dolphin | Lesser Panda | Golden Jackal | Marbled Cat

Threatened - Indian Wild Ass | Leopard | Red Fox | Kashmiri Stag

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