A triplet red pandas prepare for move to Taipei Zoo

 

A triplet of red pandas (ailurus fulgens) play at the Panda World in Fuzhou, capital of southeast 

China’s Fujian Province, on June 16, 2013. Fujian announced on Sunday of Juen 16 at the

Fifth Straits Forum that the triplet, born at the Panda World, will be donated to the Taipei

Zoo in southeast China’s Taiwan to promote cross-Taiwan-Strait cooperation in the field

of wild animals breeding. Red pandas or lesser pandas are small, raccoon like mammals

that feed on bamboo and are native to northeast Asia. They have reddish brown fur on

the body. The average life expectancy of lesser pandas is about 13 years.  They reach

adulthood at two years old. The species is under state protection in China, though they

are less known than giant pandas. Official statistics indicate China’s lesser panda 

population has dropped by 40 percent since the 1950s because of the expansion of

human activities into their natural habitats.   Photos by Lin Shanchuan

 

 

 

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