It's International Red Panda Day!
This day was created by the Red Panda Network in 2010 to raise public awareness about these animals and support the promotion of the red panda conservation.
Red pandas are mammal species that can be found in China, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, and India. According to the last assessment by the IUCN Red List, these animals are classified as Endangered. On the national level, they are legally protected in the range countries. The major threats to these animals include habitat loss and degradation, human interference, and poaching.
Studies and research show that the total population of red pandas has declined by 40% for the last two decades, and there is a potential decrease in their population in the future. As habitat loss is the primary threat to the red pandas, this is caused by logging, grazing livestock, demand for firewood, human encroachment, and farming. The decrease also coincided with the increase in human populations throughout Asia, thus, with the increase of livestock, agriculture development, which produce various threats to this species.
A lot of wildlife species of animals are now mostly threatened by the effect of climate change, which is caused by the enormous amount of greenhouse emissions. There is an urgent need to raise awareness and take action to change the lifestyle for the protection of many living beings.
How to celebrate?
Learn more about the red pandas, threats that they face, and ways how we can protect them;
Report any illegal activity related to these animals, including illegal pet trade;
Urge the government to enforce the regulations that would protect the red pandas in the range countries;
Spread the word by sharing on social media using the hashtag #InternationalRedPandaDay.