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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists Red Panda is a vulnerable species. Here is the IUCN entry for the Red Panda.

Red Panda - Image Source: Wikipedia

Red Panda - Image Source: Wikipedia

Red Panda is also the state animal of Sikkim and its population is dwindling in captive and in wild. The Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park in Gangtok has embarked on a breeding and conservation program for Red Panda.

The State run Himalayan Zoological Park had started the captive breeding programme from 1997 of the Red Pandas with the support from the Central government.

Located at an altitude of 5840 feet at Bulbuley (about 3 kms from Gangtok), the park is spread over an area of 205 hectares of  mountaineous land. It has been identified as the most suitable for Panda conservation program as it is next to a panda habitat that contains bamboo, the staple diet of the Red Panda. Read more here.

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