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Introduction
Animal: Red Panda
Research Location: North Korea


Why This Animal?
I chose the red panda as my animal. Pandas have always interested me but I didn't want to do just a normal panda. I don't know much about this animal but am very excited to learn more about it. I know there aren't many left and want to know why that is and what people are doing about that. Its looks also intrigued me. I thought that its ringed tail and cat-like face made it way different than the normal panda. I want to learn how it's a member of the panda family and what characteristics it has to make it a panda. Over all I'm excited to learn about an animal that's new to me, the red panda.


Food Web:


Research Location
I am interested in the habits and behaviors of the red panda. I am lucky enough to be studying this beautiful animal. This animal can live in many different biomes such as the taiga and alpine biomes. I am going to North Korea to study the red panda. Therefore I will be in the northeast Asian deciduous forest. It is similar to the biome we live in.
The climate changes often in the northeast Asian deciduous forest. Spring, summer, fall, and winter are the four seasons in this biome. Each season is very different. Summers are warm and humid while winters are long and cold. Temperatures change greatly between seasons. The average yearly temperatures though it 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The seasons also affect forms and amounts of precipitation. Precipitation comes in forms of rain, snow, and at times even hail. On average there are yearly 30-60 inches of just rainfall.
I have been fortunate enough to see other wild life and vegetation while studying red pandas. Siberian tigers, snow leopards, Asiatic black bears, otters, musk deer, red deer, several rodents, and small birds are some of the animals I have seen. Red pandas will eat small birds and rodents while snow leopards will eat the red panda. I have obviously seen bamboo as the red panda’s main food source. I have also seen oak, pine, and spruce just like you might in the United States.
The red panda also has good water sources and shelter opportunities in the northeast Asian Biome. In North Korea red pandas have some big rivers but probably more often use the smaller rivers branching off of them. Some of the most heard of rivers are the Yulu River, Imjin River, and Taedong River. The forest has many good shelter opportunities for the red panda. They are skilled at staying in the tree tops and often sleep there or in hollow tree trunks. All these aspects put together make up the northeast Asian deciduous forest, the red panda’s home.


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Red Panda Decending tree
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Red Panda sleeping in tree
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Northeast Asian Biome in relation to the world
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North Korea Map



Observation Journal
Day One-

Today I started my observations of the red panda. I was walking through the bamboo filled forest when I spotted it the branches of a tree. Being a nocturnal animal, it was curled up asleep. I first noticed its bushy tail. It was wrapped around the red panda’s body being used as a blanket to prevent heat loss and a pillow. Its brownish-red and cream striped tail also allows the panda to keep its balance while in the trees or standing on its hind legs. The red panda is a small animal and doesn’t weigh very much. It is about the size of a house cat or a small dog. I saw how this helped it to be able to go on small limbs of the trees which can come in nice for getting away from larger predators. I waited long enough for it to wake up. In the dim light I could see its claws and “thumbs.” Both of those things helped for it to grasp the tree’s trunks or limbs and bamboo while feeding.



Day Two-

Today I got to see how the red panda takes care of its self through the day. I found that it seeks shelter in one of the many trees in the forest. After waking up from its shelter it used its specially designed body to silently climb down the tree staying nearly invisible from its predators. After waking up the red panda finds some breakfast. It chooses from a wide selection of bamboo and uses its special little paws to fix it just right. It then gets a drink from the small creek running through the forest. All the while most of its predators are sleeping and the red panda is safe. Through the course of the day it also finds some nice insects, a small bird, and some acorns. The red panda and this biome are a perfect match for each other.



Day Three-

Today I saw something very exciting! The red panda was getting chased by a marten. But what’s amazing is that this red panda knew how to survive. It ran into a tree and you may think what’s so significant about that? This is where his weight and tail come in great. He can act in the trees almost like a squirrel can. He is light enough to go onto thin branches and his tail balances him in the swaying treetops. The red panda is a truly amazing animal.


Wildlife Monitoring




Using the Research





Fellow Researchers

I am not alone in my efforts to research the red panda. The Red Panda Network is a group of people who research the red panda in order to help conserve it. The Red Panda Network is based in Nepal. Nepal and North Korea, my research location, are home to the Red Panda. We both observe the red panda in some way. I research it because I am interested in it and it fascinates me. The Red Panda Network mostly observes it population. It also observes it to know how to help conserve it.

Observing the red panda helps the Red Panda Network greatly. Researching and observing the red panda is necessary for knowing how to conserve the red pandas. You have to know how they act, where they sleep, and what they eat. We are both interested in the red panda. It is helpful for me that they are conserving the red panda because I get to further observe it. They conserve red pandas out of their love for that animal.



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