Area of occupancy is essentially equivalent to suitable habitat. Habitat in lower areas is badly degraded.
Proximity to water may be an important requirement. In one national park, 90% of droppings were found within 100 m of the nearest water source (Yonzon & Hunter 1991)
In China – 3 provinces: 76,245 sq km potential habitat (25,668 sq km are protected in 46 reserves)
Sichuan: 35,008 sq km (32 reserves = 16,121 sq km), 3,000 - 3,400 Red pandas
Yunnan: 21,658 sq km (8 reserves = 7,189 sq km), 1,600 - 2,000 Red pandas
Tibet: 9,500 sq km (6 reserves = 2,357 sq km), 1,400 - 1,600 Red pandas
In India: 25,000 sq km potential habitat
Arunchal Pradesh – 11,300 sq km used
Meghalaya – 300 sq km used
Sikkim – 800 sq km used
West Bengal – 100 sq km used
In Nepal: 16,700 sq km potential habitat, 8,200 sq km used
In Bhutan: 10,900 sq km potential habitat, 5,400 sq km used
In Myanmar: 13,000 sq km potential habitat, 6,400 sq km used
Other mammal species sharing this habitat: Gray langur, dhole, Himalayan black bear, Yellow-throated marten, leopard, red deer, Alpine musk deer, Himalayan goral, Spotted giant flying squirrel, Eurasian shrew. Overlaps with the Giant panda in Sichuan, China (Wei, 2000).
Red Panda Distribution
Red pandas occur in southeast Asia, from China to western Nepal.
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