International Red Panda Day is observed each year on the third Saturday of September. This year, it falls on September 18. It aims to spread awareness about the need to conserve red pandas.
The red pandas are indigenous to the Eastern Himalayas. They spend majority of their life on trees. They are the only members of the taxonomic family Ailuridae to be still alive. These species are primarily nocturnal foragers. The IUCN has categorized red pandas as endangered because of their declining population. There are currently just 10,000 adults in the world. The dwindling numbers is mainly because rapid loss of habitats.