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Red pandas are two species, not one


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Posted (IP: Staff) ·

The red panda is not one species but two, according to DNA evidence.

Already endangered due to hunting and habitat loss, conservation efforts are now even more critical, say scientists.

The red panda lives in the mountainous forests of China, India, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar, where numbers are down to a few thousand individuals and decreasing every day.

Two varieties have long been suspected, based on physical features, but genetic evidence has been lacking.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51632790

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On 2/27/2020 at 7:37 AM, Robotic Jew said:

If they need a safe habitat I would gladly lend my living room. These things are so cute. They're my favorite animal. 

Same here. I call them raccoon bears.:lol:

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They're absolutely beautiful. My favorite animal at the Cape May Zoo. 

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21 hours ago, joshy said:

what the ****? they were already two when i was a kid 20 years ago?

Freaking Mandela is at it again?!?!?

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Two species or two distinct populations ? Can they interbreed in the wild and get offspring that can reproduce? It's a bit blurry...

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