The latest DNA research places the Red Panda
in a separate and distinct family, the ailurids
(Ailuridae). The ailurids are in turn part of
the large superfamily Musteloidea, which also
includes Mephitidae families, and Procyonidae
Mustelidae, but, unlike the giant panda is not
a bear (Ursidae). The taxonomic classification
of the red panda and gigantic panda have been
debated for many decades, since they have
characteristics of both bears, like raccoons.
Red pandas are native to Southeast Asia, Himalayas, southern Tibet, Bhutanese, northeastern India, in the province of Yunnan and the Hengduan Mountains of Sichuan Province in China. It is believed that the last area has been a haven of red pandas.Red pandas live in climates with moderate temperatures (10-25 ° C), with few annual changes in forest areas prefer mountainous elevations of 1800-4800 m, particularly temperate coniferous forests with old trees, rhododendron and, of course , bamboo. Share the habitat with another bamboo specialist, the gigant panda. Red pandas live in old hollow trees. Often they spend the day lying in the high branches of trees, its food is more active in the morning and evening.