- Male red panda who arrived in Santa Barbara in March 2023 from Trevor Zoo at Millbrook School in New York State
- In Hindi, the name “Raj” means “king” or “royalty”
- His birthday is July 7, 2022
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists the red panda as “endangered” on the Red List.
The global red panda population has declined by 50% in 20 years and there may be as few as 2,500 remaining in the wild. Habitat loss is the #1 threat due to development projects including roads, hydro-projects, electric transmission lines, and mining, and anthropogenic forest fires.
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Deforestation is a real threat to red panda habitat in the wild. By using tree-free alternatives to traditional wood and paper products such as bamboo toilet paper or toothbrushes, you can help protect the Earth’s remaining forests.
A red panda’s tail can be from 12 to 20 inches long, which is almost the length of its body. These long fluffy tails not only provide excellent balance while navigating the treetops, but they also make great wraparound blankets to keep these animals warm in their chilly mountain habitat.