In the Wild:
The red panda is specialized as a bamboo feeder with strong, curved and sharp semi-retractile claws. Like the giant panda, it has a “false thumb” that is an extension of the wrist bone. When descending a tree headfirst, the red panda rotates its ankle to control its descent. It is a territorial animal, which is generally solitary except during mating season. The species is also generally quiet except for some twittering, tweeting, and whistling communication sounds.
Wild population is less than 10,000 individuals and decreasing. Threats include: being taken from the wild, competition with domestic livestock and deforestation resulting in habitat loss or fragmentation.