One Cool Thing: International Red Panda Day

Image: Christian Mehlführer via Wikimedia Commons

Today is International Red Panda Day! These iconic and adorable creatures are worth celebrating for many reasons, but they’re also in need of serious protection. This cat-sized, fluffy-tailed animal is listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list. 

 

Climate change and rising temperatures are reducing the red panda’s Himalayan forest habitat, forcing them to relocate in order to survive. Now, there are less than 10,000 left in the wild. The World Wildlife Fund is working with local communities in Nepal to reduce human impact on the red panda’s forests and institute legal protections. Still, to get them off the red list, more must be done to prevent global temperature rise from destroying their ever-shrinking habitat.

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