Red panda - Paula Sofia Vaz
Paula Sofia Vaz
Ailurus fulgens – from Ailuridae family.
The designation "panda" comes from the nepalese/tibetan word "ponya". Has a characteristic reddish-brown coloration, rounded head, short muzzle and large ears; black belly and long fluffy tail. His wobbly gait is due to the size of short front limbs, being slightly larger than a domestic cat. It also has semi-retractable claws and features a "false thumb". An adult measures between 510-635mm and weighs 3-6Kg. It is a solitary animal, with nocturnal crepuscular habits. Rarely interacts with partners outside the mating season or in family groups. Their food is mainly composed of bamboo; it can also ingest eggs, birds, insects and small mammals. It is native to the Himalayan and southern regions of China. It is currently in danger of extinction (less than 10,000).
Handmade – Watercolor & colored pencils.
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