Have you ever heard of a Red Panda? It might sound familiar by the popular adorable big bears we all know today as Pandas. Not this time though, these little creatures look like a cat and they resemble the markings of a panda or raccoon. In fact the red panda actually looks like a combination of all three of those animals! These little guys are interesting animals and have an interesting past but also a confusing one. The red pandas have amazed doctors and other people by how far they come and contribute as an animal in the wild or an organism that we can study safely. Sadly but truly not everything with the little creatures is or sounds too great because they are actually endangered. I know it sounds bad but let me inform and help you understand why.
Some of the reasons they are endangered is due to the following things; deforestation, human encroachment, and illegal hunting. A real life situation that I can use as example for human encroachment is the spread of agriculture through the red panda lands and the more we spread out our crops means the less area the red pandas have to live in. For illegal hunting a way that is making the red pandas endangered is that people enter the restricted areas and kill red pandas for fun or to sell red panda fur hat. A cause and effect occurs when human encroachment happens, after that happens then it leads to deforestation and what happens after deforestation is the red pandas are being rid of their homes. With fewer homes to live in and reproduce in we are left with a little population of red pandas which there are only less than 3,000 individuals left in the world.
You might be asking why should we care for red pandas, because for us they just look like other adorable little animals but the truth is that they actually contribute way more than you would think. The red pandas help keep the forests clean and fresh for us. They also provide with keeping fresh water running down stream and oxygen for us to breathe. They may seem like they do nothing but the little creatures maintain the five hundred million people healthy as well as the forest and themselves. The parents of the offsprings of the red pandas already have a hard life of reproduction as it is due to the father giving little to no attention to the baby red panda. Since the father doesn’t do anything to provide help then the mother takes on the duty of caring for the child and must do a variety of tasks in order to prepare the youngster to be out of the tree and on with his/her life.
We are doing little to help out the red panda population but with the little help we have is good enough for now but not for the near future. The WWF is helping out by keeping people away from the area that the red pandas inhabit right now so there is no more deaths of red pandas. There are others helping out these little critters but there are others aiding the situation of the troubles in reproduction of the red pandas. One of the things we are doing to help is taking in some red pandas in captivity and breeding them and once they have enough babies or genetic diversity they release them into the wild for further exploration. So they keep them safe for a while and then release them to repopulate hoping they don’t drop in numbers as individuals. We have to try and save the red pandas because as foolish as we are trying to kill them and say oh they can simply reproduce but no they can’t because we are taking away their homes leaving them on the category of endangerment. We might be bettering ourselves in food supply but then again we are also depriving ourselves of a fresh forest and clean water that these animals produce by just being alive and doing what they need to do. They aren’t dangerous but if they are hungry they will find anything to that it edible and try to eat it as their digestive system is small which only allows them certain meals. So overall the little red pandas are important to five hundred million people and with even more red pandas imagine how much more help they could be if there were more of their populations.