Introduction – International Red Panda Day is celebrated on the third Saturday every year of September across the world. So, this international day is celebrated on September 17 in the year 2022 to raise awareness about the conservation of red pandas. The population of red pandas has reduced by approximately 50 percent. As per some reports, there are only about 2,500 pandas left in the whole world.
History – Firstly, International Red Panda was observed in the year 2010. This International day was introduced by Red Panda Network (RPN). Red Panda Network (RPN) is an organization that is dedicated to the preservation of animals. The main goal of this international day is to share the ways to protect their habitat and conserve red pandas all around the world. International Red Panda Day was firstly celebrated on September 18, 2010.
Significance – Red pandas are mainly found in Nepal, Bhutan, and China that are classified as ‘endangered’ on the red list of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). The main aim of this international day is to spread awareness about how to conserve red pandas that faces the threat of extinction due to human intervention. Red pandas also face a loss of bamboo trees that they can nest in due to environmental degradation. The other reason for declining red pandas are poaching and trafficking of red pandas. So, fragmentation, deforestation, and degradation are also the main causes of declining the population of red pandas.