Distribution: southwestern China, Nepal, Sikkim and Myanmar
The body length of the Lesser Panda is 51-73cm, with a 40-49cm tail; they weigh 4.5-6kg. Their habitats are the subtropical forests or dense bamboo forests on mountains at an altitude of 1,400-4,000 meters. They like to move around steep slopes close to rivers. Living in pairs or small groups, they are mild and timid animals. They are good climbers and feed on bamboo shoots, bamboo leaves, tender leaves and wild fruits. The normal lifespan is about 13 years.
They are listed as second grade nationally protected animals in China.