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Giant pandas may get the headlines - but red pandas are fascinating creatures in their own right

If you haven't already guessed, these are my favourite animal. They are extremely endangered and something needs to change.

There are now Less than 10,000 Red Pandas on Earth, Habitat destruction increases the species' chances of extinction. Red Pandas are often killed when they get caught in traps meant for other animals such as wild pigs and deer. They are also poached for their distinctive pelts in China and Myanmar.

What can we do to help?

WWF is working with Yak herders and other members of communities within and around Nepal where 38% of Red Pandas habitat. Any person found guilty of killing, buying or selling Red Pandas, faces a fine of up to $1,000 and or up to ten years in Jail. Other community initiatives to stop the hunting and capture for income include:

  • Making Yak dung briquettes. These provide an alternative way to generate income and can be used for fuel instead of cutting down Red Panda habitat for wood.
  • Creating tourism packages. Attracting tourists provides an alternative method for generating income.

Adopting a Red Panda

By adopting a Red Panda, not only are you helping their chances of existence, you can get some really cool stuff for yourself at the same time! 
Most packs include a cute cuddly toy aww!
Click Here to look at how to adopt one and to see more of the great work WWF are doing!

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