Vol. 3, Issue 2 (2018)
Study of red panda (Ailurus fulgens fulgens) in ex situ facility for conservation breeding at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling
Author(s): Bhupen Roka, Piar Chand, Upashna Rai, Dhani Raj Chhetri
Abstract: Red panda (Ailurus fulgens fulgens) is a solitary, nocturnal and scansorial carnivore which has adapted to the herbivore mode of life. It is a monotypic member of the family Ailuridae which is included in the animal collection of the zoos across America, Asia, Australia, Europe and South Africa. Each of these regions have developed their own captive husbandry protocols further strengthening it with the Global Species Management Plan which is involved with the shaping up of the husbandry and veterinary issues for the species welfare in captivity. With an aim to promote captive breeding, an effort has been made to examine how red pandas are kept and managed in captivity. This paper provides information on successful captive management of red panda during the last twenty-six years at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park. The other issues that paper highlights are housing, feeding, social behaviour, breeding and behavioural management of the species in captivity.