The Red Panda, Ailurus fulgens, is a small mammal native to the Himalayas and southwestern China.

The red panda is a raccoon-like animal, similar in size to a large cat, with thick, reddish-brown fur. Like the giant panda, the red panda has a sixth digit near the wrist that aids in eating. The long, bushy tail has rings of red and yellow. Red pandas are found on steep mountains in western China and in the Tibetan Himalayas. They live in pairs and small groups in bamboo forests, on which they feed. They are nocturnal, sleeping in trees during the day. In the past the red panda has been classified in the raccoon family and the bear family. More recently some scientists place the red panda in the family Ailuridae, which is separate from both the raccoon and bear families.

At the time of release of Zoo Tycoon 2, the red panda was classified as an endangered species. Since then, it has been classified as a vulnerable species.

In Zoo Tycoon 2


The red panda lives in the temperate forest. It cannot swim and does not like water in its exhibit.


In Zoo Tycoon 2, the red panda is an herbivore that feeds on bamboo and berries.


The red panda likes to play with the rubber ball.


Red pandas prefer to rest in rock shelters.

In Zoo Tycoon (Xbox)

The Red Panda is available for adoption in Zoo Tycoon (Xbox) via mini-exibits.

Importance to Designers

The red panda is largely used for raccoons raccoon-like creatures. It has also been known to be used as a model for civets and their relatives, although the meerkat is also used to make them.