Where Does the Red Panda Live? (In All Parts of The World)

Red pandas are very special animals but just like most extinct animals, we don’t hear much about them. 

Could it be that they are so rare and only in a few parts of the world? Come to think of it – Where does the red panda live?

Red pandas live in their native homes in Asian countries like Nepal, Bhutan, India, Burma (Myanmar), and China. Here they live freely in the wild in the mountains of the Himalayas with thick bamboos in them. 

Aside from living in their natural habitats, the red pandas also live as captive animals in conservation centers in Asia and places outside Asia.

Here they live under human care and are kept safe from things that endanger them.

Interestingly, you should know that these creatures don’t just live in any kind of area in the wild. Knowing this, I wonder – Where does the red panda live in the wild? 

Let’s find out…

Where Does The Red Panda Live In The Wild?

Red Panda in the Wild

In the wild, the red panda lives in their natural habitats, which are mostly in the mountains, in temperate and tropical forests. 

Also, what’s more important is the presence of bamboo plants in their habitats. However, as we go further, let’s learn more about the kind of habitats these cute creatures live in.

Do Red Pandas Live in the Rainforest?

Yes! Red pandas live in high-altitude temperate and tropical rainforests in Asia. In this kind of habitat, it’s normally moist, damp with lots of deciduous trees that form canopies covering bamboo, which is in the midst of it. 

Interestingly, the kind of rainforest they live in is the bamboo rainforest, where there are lots of bamboo plants around the forest for these cute creatures to eat.

So, a rainforest without bamboo understory isn’t a place you’ll find the red pandas.

Do Red Pandas Live in Mountains?

Yes, they live in the mountains in their natural habitats. They are mostly the Himalayas and some other high mountains.

There you’ll find high-altitude rainforests and lots of trees for red pandas to live in

Also, different species of bamboo grow in these mountains making it a good spot for these creatures to call home.

Do Red Pandas Live in Snow?

Cute Red panda Living in Snow

Yes, red pandas live in snow. In their habitats, especially the Himalayas, it normally gets snowy during winter.

So, just like they are adapted to living in trees, they also are built to live in the snow as well. 

With the thick fur around their bodies, they stay warm during snowy times. Even the snow doesn’t stick to their furs. Also, their feet are covered with fur so they don’t get chilly as they walk on snow too. 

Interestingly, when it gets snowy in the zoo, you’ll see these creatures playing around in the snow. For red pandas, the cold times are better for them than the hot days.

Do Pandas Live Near Water?

Yes, red pandas live near water. They need to have nearby sources of water around their habitat.

In the kind of forest they live in, you’ll see lots of creeks and streams available for the red pandas.  

So, it is not just a habitat with tree stumps and fallen tree stumps and fallen logs they prefer, but also one with freshwater around.

Do Red Pandas Live in the Amazon?

No, red pandas don’t live in the Amazon. The Amazon rainforest is the most popular rainforest around the world. 

It’s also known to be the largest rainforest and one with the most animals in it. Unlike the red panda’s habitats, this rainforest isn’t remote, it’s commonly visited. 

Also, there is lots of wildlife in it. Over 400 kinds of mammals, and over 1000 kinds of birds like parrots, toucans, and even the harpy eagle.

 Although it’s a rainforest, it is quite a busy one for the solitary red panda to live in.

Map – Where Do Red Pandas Live

The natural habitat of red pandas only covers a few parts of Asia. From North-eastern India, it spreads out as far as Nepal and Bhutan. From Bhutan, it continues down to Myanmar and then extends to south-western China. 

You can check out the distribution of the red panda habitat in the map below: 

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Where Do Red Pandas Live in China?

In China, red pandas live in south-eastern states like the Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. Also, you’ll find them living in Tibet in China. These areas are mostly on high mountains with thick forests around. 

Nevertheless, China forest has lots of bamboos around and these red panda habitats are no exception. The bamboo forests around make this habitat a place where they can call home.

Where Does the Red Panda Live in India?

In India, the red panda lives in lower-altitude forests with bamboo in them. These forests are in the northeastern states like Sikkim, Meghalaya, Darjeeling, and Arunachal Pradesh.

In addition, if you want to spot these cute creatures with ease, you can find them living in National parks like:

  • Khangchendzonga National Park
  • Neora Valley National Park
  • Singalila National Park
  • Nokrek national park
  • Namdapha National Park
  • Balphakram National Park

What Other Countries Do Red Pandas Live in?

Do Red Pandas Live in Madagascar?

No, red pandas don’t live in Madagascar. Although Madagascar has a greater number of Bamboo species than most countries in Africa, red pandas don’t live there. 

Also, there are no conservation centers for red pandas in Madagascar. However, the popular bamboo eater you’ll find there is the bamboo lemur. 

Also, on the IUCN lists of endangered species, these creatures are “critically endangered” species.

Do Red Pandas Live in Japan?

Yes, red pandas live in Japan. However, Japan isn’t a native home of the red panda. These creatures only live there under captivity in certain zoos. 

You’ll find them in zoos like Adventure World, Sendai Yagiyama Zoological Park, Tokushima Zoo, and more.

Also, a common zoo where you’ll find red pandas is in the Fuji Safari Park, which is at the base of the popular mount Fuji in Japan.

At the Fuji Safari Park, some zones are zoos where different species of animals are kept, including the red pandas.

Do Red Pandas Live in the US?

Yes, red pandas live in the US. The US zoos have the highest birthrate of red pandas than any other zoos in the world. 

In the US, a popular zoo where you’ll find red pandas is at the Smithsonian National Zoo. This zoo is the leading in conserving these creatures.

Another popular zoo in the US where the red pandas live is in Knoxville zoo. This zoo is known to have the most surviving cubs than any other zoo in the world.

You’ll find over 110 red pandas in this zoo. 

Interestingly, these aren’t the only zoos where the red panda lives in the US. You’ll see red pandas living in US zoos like:

  • San Diego Zoo
  • Woodland Park Zoo
  • San Francisco Zoo, and many more

Do Red Pandas Live in Hawaii?

No, there are no red pandas living in Hawaii. Despite the rainforests they have, it’s not a home for the red panda.

Also, aside from the wild, you can’t find these creatures living in captivity in zoos or any conservation center in Hawaii.

Do Red Pandas Live in Europe?

Yes, red pandas live in Europe. The part of Europe you’ll see them is mostly Zoos in UK zoos like the ZSL Whipsnade zoo, which are popular for the red pandas.

Also, in Europe, another UK you’ll find red pandas is in the Edinburgh zoo, which has about 3 red pandas. 

In addition, places like the Berlin Zoo in Germany, also have red pandas. All these red pandas live in these European countries only in captivity, where they’re protected.

You can’t see red pandas living in the wild in Europe.


To sum up, red pandas live in some parts of Asia like India, China, Nepal, and Myanmar.

These habitats are mostly mountainous, with lots of trees and most importantly, having different species of bamboo. 

However, aside from their natural homes, you’ll see red pandas in most places outside Asia. There they don’t live in the wild but in captivity in zoos and other conservation centers.

Wherever the red panda naturally lives, they are still endangered.

This is due to the high level of deforestation, animal poaching practiced in the counties they naturally live in. 

However, this is why certain conservation measures have been taken to ensure these creatures escape extinction.

Also, the governments of the countries they live in have made laws against human activities that endanger them.

You can learn more about these creatures on more of our blogs. However, if you learned a lot from this one, do well to share it!