International Red Panda Day
About International Red Panda Day
Date When Celebrated: This holiday is always observed on the third Saturday of September
The Giant Panda, that cute and adorable black and white bear gets its share of attention. We are happy that its cousin, the Red Panda also receives its very own special day of recognition and appreciation, as today is International Red Panda Day.
Also known as the “Firefox” and “Lesser Panda”, these pandas are native to China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Tibet. Their diet is primarily bamboo, but they also eat fruits, grasses, eggs, mushrooms, nuts, insects, and grubs. They are commonly referred to as “cousins” to the Giant Panda Bear. Genetically, they are not related at all. As a matter of fact, they are in a class all by themselves. They are the only members of the “Ailuridae” family. Like the Giant Panda Bear, the Red Panda is on the endangered species list. Poaching for their hide and loss of habitat are the major threats to their continued existence.
Did You Know? There are over 300 species of bamboo, the favorite food of red panda bears. More on Bamboo
The Red Panda Network is the major international promoter of these panda bears and this special day. Their goals are to expose illegal poaching and to identify the supply chain to the black market for their hides. They also seek to educate the public about this illegal trade and the threats to their habitat.
The Red Panda Network also offers the title “Red Panda Ranger” to kids who spread the word about red pandas and their plight.
How to Celebrate International Red Panda Day
In addition to helping save the red panda, we encourage you to visit one of over 60 zoos worldwide that have them. Check first, to see if they are in your local zoo.
“However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good are they if you do not act upon them?” – – Buddha
History and Origin of International Red Panda Day
The Red Panda Network is a big promoter of the bear and this special holiday that we celebrate today. While their website does not come right out and state it, we believe they are the originators of this special event.
This holiday was created in 2010. Our research suggests the holiday originated in France.
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