At the Detroit Zoo
As its name suggests, the red panda's fur is mostly a rusty-red color. It has white markings on its ears, cheeks, muzzle and above its eyes. Its bushy tail is ringed with light and dark variations of the rusty-red color. Its fur also covers the soles of its feet to help give it traction and prevent it from falling off slippery, wet branches.
Scientific name: Ailurus fulgens fulgens
The red panda, like the giant panda, has an extended wrist bone that acts like a thumb and allows it to easily hold onto bamboo.
Detroit Zoo Red Panda in the News
The Detroit Zoo is currently home to three red pandas: Chewbacca, a 6-year-old male; Ta-Shi, a 7-year-old female; and a young male named Sherman, who was born at the zoo in June 22, 2012 as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan breeding program. (source: Daily Tribune)