Red Panda is also known as red cat bear, found mostly in the sub Himalayan states of North East. In India, Red Pandas are only found in the states of Sikkim, northern West Bengal (Darjeeling and Kalimpong), Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park also known as Darjeeling zoo has successful captive breeding programs of Red Pandas in India and also Himalayan salamander and Indian wolf. Follow the link to know more about – Red Panda Project in Singalila National Park of Darjeeling.
Singalila National Park is located at the Singalila ridge in Darjeeling district and Sandakphu is the highest peaks of West Bengal in Singalila ridge. The park has a number of small mammals including Leopard cat,yellow throated marten,pangolin, endangered Himalayan newt and Red Panda.
Nokrek National Park is a hotspot of biodiversity in Meghalaya and listed as one of the Biosphere reserves in India. Nokrek Biosphere Reserve is an important habitat of the Asian elephants and has remnant population of the Red panda in India.
Neora Valley National Park is one of the richest biological zones in the entire Northeast India and home to elegant red panda and five species of civet. The park is an important wilderness zone in the Kalimpong hills and also known as birders paradise.
Namdapha National Park of Arunachal Pradesh is one of the largest national park in India and the richest areas in biodiversity in Northeast India. Namdapha area also known for extensive Dipterocarp forests and Himalayan biodiversity hotspot.
Khangchendzonga National Park of Sikkim is a world heritage site and the first Mixed Heritage site of India. Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve is home to amazing list of wild animals like Asiatic wild dog,Himalayan tahr, snow leopard, Clouded Leopard and red panda.
The Endangered Red Panda is the only living species of family Ailuridae and also found in Assam, northern Arunachal Pradesh near Bhutan border and Meghalaya Plateau. It is the state animal of Sikkim and can be spotted at other wildlife sanctuaries of North East Indian states such as the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, Eagle Nest Wildlife Sanctuary, Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary and Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary.