Preserving the Red Panda Species
by Patricia Fenne Garcia age, 11
The adorable red
pandas are endangered. Unlike the black and white giant pandas, red
pandas look more like raccoons. These fascinating animals weigh seven
to fourteen pounds and are about 42 inches long.
Similar to the
giant panda, red pandas also eat bamboo. Although that isn’t they
only thing they eat. The red pandas diet also consists of berries,
blossoms, bird eggs, various plants and small leaves.
Just like the
giant pandas, red pandas are becoming endangered. Their habitat is
being threatened and shrinking because agriculture is spreading. But
the Sydney Taronga Zoo in Australia is helping the red pandas. This
zoo is encouraging captive red pandas to have babies. The breeding
program started in 1977. An example of this effort was the birth
of Pemba, a red panda cub, a few years ago at the zoo. This is a one
way to increase the population of these adorable furry faces.
[Source: The Simpson Street Free Press Archives]