International Red Panda Day is an annual event created to raise awareness of the red panda’s extinction problem. These cute animals are endangered and listed in the Red Book. Celebrated on September 17th.
The holiday was established by the Red Panda Network in 2010. Since then, it has been celebrated annually.
Red pandas have a limited habitat – they can be found in the temperate forests of the Himalayas. Currently, there is a risk of complete extinction of this species. The reason for this lies in human activity. Three main problems are identified: deforestation, poaching (fur is highly valued) and illegal animal trade.
In addition, some countries (India, Nepal, Myanmar) simply do not have enough resources to drastically affect the problem of red panda extinction. To support endangered animal populations, special organizations are involved, one of these is the World Wild Fund.
Today, about 2500 such animals remain in natural conditions. For this reason, every effort must be made to prevent their complete disappearance.
- Red pandas breed well in captivity. Therefore, more than 300 animals are kept in zoos around the world.
- The main diet is bamboo stems and leaves.
- Red panda predator. Despite the love for bamboo, the animal can eat eggs, birds and small rodents.
How to celebrate
Hold information events among friends and acquaintances, at schools and universities – people should learn about the existing problem of the extinction of red pandas. Donate to charity: Donate to organizations that support red pandas and other animals in the wild.
Share the post on social networks. Tell more about these endangered cute animals so that more people know about the problem and can help.
When is International Red Panda Day celebrated in 2022?
International Red Panda Day is observed on September 18 each year.