Tattoo of the Day
Tattoo by Jason Goldberg.
The Red Panda is a small, arboreal, omnivorous mammal that is listed as ‘vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is found in China, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, and India. Sadly, red panda populations are undergoing a significant decline and it’s estimated there are now fewer than 10,000 mature individuals remaining in the wild.
To save the red panda, we must first protect its habitat, as habitat loss is the number one threat to their existence. Logging and other types of deforestation have reduced a great deal of the forests this animal relies on. These activities have also upset the delicate balance that exists between the forest’s dense root systems and the soil. In Nepal, the lack of the dense root systems has caused the rich soil to cascade down mountainsides during monsoons, burying communities, destroying habitat, and leaving human and animal death in its wake.
In Bhutan, this critter is hunted for its fur, which is used to make hats. In China, Red Panda pelts can be found in many local markets and poaching pressures have furthered population decines, and has even led to extinction in some areas. Red Pandas are protected in all of the countries where they are found, with the exception of Myanmar. In China, the species fortunately receives increased protection where it occurs within Giant Panda reserves.
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