Shay Jacoby
Introduction
Animal: Red Panda
Research Location:


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Why This Animal?

The Red panda is a really cool animal to me. It is one of the most endangered animals. I think that it is a very interesting animal to learn about. They're very protecting but still peaceful. The Red Panda is a very intelligent animal. The Red Pandas live in southwestern China. Red Pandas live in an area just like ours. They live in a temperate deciduous forest biome. In class we didn’t really explore this biome so I am excited to be able to explore this biome. That’s why I chose this animal.



Red Panda Food Web

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Researcher Location:

The Red Panda live high up in the trees. They use their long tail to keep them warm. The Red Panda is like a cat in a way, they can climb trees easily. When they jump they almost always land on their feet. As I was doing research I found that the Red Panda lived in the temperate deciduous forest in southwestern China. The temperate deciduous forest climate has four seasons: spring, winter, autumn, and summer. In the forest there can be a lot of rain fall. In the winter the rainfall is about 15 inches, in the summer it is 18 inches and above of rainfall. There is a lot of water there for the animals to survive. Leafs of the trees don't hold water for very long, which is a great diversity. The forest does not get very hot the hottest it gets in the summer it can get up to70 degrees; normally the average it gets up to is 50 degrees. Other animals you can see around in the area are the American Bald Eagle. The American Bald Eagle is a main predator of the Red Panda. The American Black bear also lives around the Red Panda. The American Black Bear doesn’t hunt the Red Panda. The Eastern Chipmunk lives in the deciduous forest; often will you see a Red Panda eat the chipmunk. The Red Panda mainly eats plants not meat usually. The vegetation life in southwestern China mainly consists of bamboo and mushroom. The Red Panda diet is all bamboo and mushrooms, occasionally meat of the Eastern Chipmunk. That is some things I have learned about the Red Panda.

Map of the temperate deciduous forest biome:

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Red Panda Habitat Day

I’m choosing to put cameras in the forest to track down the red pandas. Im putting them around the area that I believe the Red Panda would be around. I saw that the Red Panda likes to hang out around trees. There was always bamboo at the bottom of the trees, as you could see in my map that the trees and the bamboo were the same icon because they were in the exact same area. The Red Panda likes to hang out in a very close area around its house. The Red Panda is very lazy animal though. They go to one place to the next normally resting high in the trees after eating before they go to the next tree or pond to eat. Red Pandas have a very interesting habitat and how they go throughout their day.


Obseration Journal

Day 1: I'm so happy that I'm here walking through China's amazing forest. The thought of getting to see an animal that I have never seen is so exciting to me. I'm thrilled! As I was walking in the China forest I was walking through trails desperately trying to find the Red Panda. I've never seen one before and I was ready to see one. I kept hearing the "wha" sound the red pandas made from above me. When I looked up I never could spot them from in the trees. They are so mysterious to me. I hope before I have to leave that I'll find one. This day has been a bust for me not being able to see one.


Day 2: I woke up this morning hearing the "wha"sound. It was so close to me. I got up, ate breakfast and got on the trails for the day. The sound of them was coming closer to me. As the trail curved, there they were, crossing the trail. I caught a glimpse of one of the tails that was just clearing the path. I'm assuming the Red Panda was a boy. His body looked so much bigger than the rest of them that were carrying little baby pandas. His tail was long and orange with little blackish stripes going in a circle around its tail. It looked almost like rings going around his tail. I sat on a rock and watched him leave. At least I thought he did. He must have been the head of the pack. The alpha male, the mothers stopped with their little babies and watched me. One mother let her babies off of her and didn't let them go anywhere. She handed them to another panda who didn’t have any and with her. Then the mother was inching towards me. It was exciting to be able to see how they try to interact with people. She came inching up to me to see me she reached out to me. She trusted me. Their fingers and hands were so much like ours. Red Pandas are like humans in a way with how they act and how they can move. My day with Red Pandas today was a success.

Day 3: Today as I was walking through the forest I spotted the same Red Pandas I saw yesterday. Today I’m putting cameras in the area that I believe the red pandas would be at. How I’m determining where to put them is where I have seen them be at already. I’m putting one by a pond that I saw them at on my way back to camp yesterday, one by the trail that I spotted them on today and yesterday, and a couple more on some trees around this area that have bamboo around them. I’ve been surprised the past few days when I have seen them. Red Pandas are normally nocturnal, but I guess with it being around 7ish when I go back to camp that is probably “morning” to them. Red Pandas are a unique animal that revolves around mainly itself. Red Pandas normally don’t have any interaction with animals unless they can’t find food in their area and have to eat a chipmunk. That is very rare though. Red Pandas rely on bamboo, fruit, acorns, eggs, and roots. Red Panda’s climb high in the tree to steal birds eggs to have another food source. I can’t wait until I go check my cameras tomorrow to see if they have gotten any pictures of the Red Pandas.



Day 4: Today I woke up so excited to go and check my cameras! When I got there I opened the film and found a bunch of pictures. There were pictures of little chipmunks running around and all sorts of other animals, but most of all there were a lot of pictures of the Red Panda. It was a success. I’m so proud that I put the cameras in the correct place. I’m so sad that today is my last day in the forest. I’m going to sit on a rock by the trail and wait to see if I can get any more knowledge on the Red Pandas before I have to go and report my data. I hope that I have a successful day.



Day 5: Tomorrow in the morning when I wake up I will board a boat to go back to the research lab. It’s so sad to be leaving. I hope that I’ll be able to come back and visit sometime soon to see if my animal’s families have grown. My last thing that I will be reporting is that I had a successful trip with the Red Pandas. I’ve learned how they are dying off, what they eat, how they spend their day and night, and how they react to other animals. Today I saw some male red pandas walking in circles around their territory. I may be wrong but I’m guessing they are doing that to protect the females and the children and also their territory. I had an amazing time here and cannot wait to come back!




Using the Research - Research in Action

Red Pandas are an endangered animal. One of the big limiting factors for them is humans hunting them for their fur. Humans need to stop killing them for just their fur. If they die from sickness or other animals killing them then humans could be able to take their fur then, instead of killing them when they’re living their life. Humans are also polluting their habitat. Humans cut the bamboo and Red Pandas need to eat the bamboo to survive. Another limiting factor is deforestation. Humans are cutting down the forest that they live in. Red Pandas are a very interesting animal to look at and it would be really sad if they became extinct.

Fellown Researcher

My fellow researcher is the Red Panda Network. They are out in the forest trying to protect the Red Pandas from their limiting factors. Their limiting factors are mainly humans and deforestation. They are having 37 of the local villagers monitor their local forest. They are also having the local villagers educate other villagers on the importance of Red Pandas living in the forest. The Red Panda Network is working really hard to save all of the red pandas that they can.


Bibliography:
"Red Panda Fact Sheet - National Zoo| FONZ." National Zoo. Smithsonian National Zoological Park. Web. 13 Feb. 2012. http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/AsiaTrail/RedPanda/factsheet.cfm.

Globio." Red Pandas. Globio. Web. 13 Feb. 2012. http://www.globio.org/glossopedia/article.aspx?art_id=13.

"Red Panda." National Geographic. National Geographic, 1996-2012. Web. 23 Feb. 2012. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/red-panda/.
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