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As result of the confusion with their looks, the Red Panda are often classified with the Raccoons, however now the scientist belief that Red Panda are more related closely to the Giant Panda in the China. Despite their confusing looks, it is native to the Nepal, India and southern China. Also some bones have been found in the North America. However, due to forest in Himalayas are slowly disappearing because deforestation. The Red Panda is facing this threat because of negative land management practices. There are six negative land managements:
1. Cash Crop
Over a decade of agricultural growth in Nepal has lead to the need for more land. As result, private forests are being cut down. In addition, lands are being sprayed with insecticides to ensure proper yield and these lands are being used to grow tea.
2. Fodder and Firewood
The people who live in that area cut down malingo, a small bamboo that is Red Panda’s main source of food. Furthermore, the people are cutting down more bamboo then they are allotted.
Currently timber is the preferred material to build house in that region. This has led to people cut more timber for local forests.
4. Medicines Plants
On the Indian side, there is a strong medicine plant trade, this has led to the creation of Singhalila National Park. However, people have depleted the medicines plants due to over harvesting.
Due to the Singhalila National Park, has lead to decrease in hunting. However, the Red Panda are being illegally hunted and killed for their coats, which is used to make clothings and hats.
After the creation of Singhalia National Park, the cattle herding was not allowed in the park. The Indian herders sold most of their cows to Nepali and Nepali started to graze the cows in the forests.
As a result, these poor land managements have taken a big toll on the Red Panda’s habitat. To ensure the Red Panda’s survival, we need a better land management and protect the Red Panda’s habitat. Red Panda’s diet mostly consists of bamboo, despite being unable to digest the cellulose. Red Panda’s are great climbers and forage in the tress. Their diets also include fruits, berries, and grass and sometimes rodents.