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International Red Panda Day

International Red Panda Day
Photo Information
Copyright: Paula van Balen (pvb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax K100D
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/90 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-13 1:30
Viewed: 3315
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Red panda (Ailurus fulgens, or "shining cat") is a small arboreal mammal and the only species of the genus Ailurus. Slightly larger than a domestic cat, it has reddish-brown fur, a long, shaggy tail, and a waddling gait due to its shorter front legs. It eats mainly bamboo, but is omnivorous and may also eat eggs, birds, insects, and small mammals. It is a solitary animal, mainly active from dusk to dawn, and is largely sedentary during the day.
Endemic to the temperate forests of the Himalayas, the Red panda ranges from Nepal in the west to China in the east. It is also found in northern India, Bhutan and northern Myanmar. Accurate population figures in the wild are difficult to find, with estimates ranging from less than 2,500 to between 16,000 and 20,000. Although Red pandas are protected by National laws in their range countries, their numbers in the wild continue to decline mainly due to habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching, and inbreeding depression.
The red panda is classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN red list (2009.01), and is listed in CITES Appendix I. It has been previously classified in the families Procyonidae (raccoon) and bears, but recent research has placed it in its own family Ailuridae, in superfamily Musteloidea along with Mustelidae, Procyonidae, and Mephitidae. Two subspecies are recognized.
The red panda is quite adaptable to living in captivity and is common in zoos worldwide. As of 2006, the international studbook listed more than 800 individuals in zoos and parks around the world.

This photo was taken in Blijdorp Zoo at Rotterdam were last summer 2 babies were born.

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Hallo paula,

een mooie foto van deze Rode Panda in het lijkt een natuurlijke omgeving.
Goede scherpte en mooie compositie.
Prachtige natuurlijke kleuren.
als ik niet gelezen had van zuid holland had ik het niet zo snel gezien, dus dat is een kompliment.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-13 2:28]

Hello Paula.
A very interesting post.A very good capture of this red panda.The POV and DOF are very good.Very good colour saturation.Nice natural setting.TFS.Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-13 3:25]

Hallo paula,
Wat leuk weer eens een foto van je te zien. En een erg mooie ook. Heel erg helder van licht. Uitstekende scherpte, details en volle kleuren. Prima diepte in de foto en een zeer goede compositiekeuze.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-11-13 3:42]

Hello Paula,
It's not often we see a beautiful red Panda on TN! This is a beautiful capture showing it among the Bambu. Lovely colours and well composed. Zoos used to have a bad reputation in the past but now we realize their importance as natural habitats are rapidly destroyed everywhere!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-11-13 6:56]

Hallo Paula,

Wat een lieve snoet, echt eentje uit een boekje.
Dit is echt mooi gedaan, pracht foto werk.
Zeer helder genomen.


hallo Paula
super mooie kop met veel scherpte en goed licht
Super mooie natuurlijke kleuren
leuke compositie zo tussen het groen maakt het net echt
groetjes lou

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-15 4:07]

Hello Paula,
such a beautiful capture of this panda. The sharpness is well presented and its slight glance gives an exciting pose.
Well seen in excellent details.
The bamboo leaves give a good idea of its surroundings and also offer a good graphical composition.


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