Wednesday, June 10, 2009
A Species of Their Own
The red panda is unique in its color and size. While it shares the name with its larger black-and-white relative, it is actually quite different. It is typically the size of a house cat and has red fur. In fact, scientists have had a difficult time finding a spot for this species in the taxonomy system. The red panda has been classified as a relative of both the giant panda and the raccoon, but as of late, they are considered members of their own family, the Ailuridae. Unfortunately, red pandas are endangered, mainly as a result of deforestation.