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Red Panda population grows to over 500 in Sikkim

In the face of dwindling number of the wild bear worldwide, the population of Red Panda has multiplied several times at over 500 in Sikkim as per the latest survey.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2009 22:23 IST

In the face of dwindling number of the wild bear worldwide, the population of Red Panda has multiplied several times at over 500 in Sikkim as per the latest survey.

The latest figure of Red Panda has been estimated following an extensive field survey carried out in the wildlife habitats of Sikkim, particularly the four sanctuaries, according to the Forest and Wildlife Secretary S T Lachungpa.

The volunteers of the forest and wildlife department had been conducting the field survey for the past one year in the sanctuaries at Fambunglho, Pangolakha, Kyoonghosla and Barsey Rhododendron and other forest areas in Sikkim to ascertain the figure of Red Panda in the state, he said.

Apart from identifying the number of Red Panda, the survey had also studied the habitat of the wild animal to monitor the viability of the region for their growth, Lachungpa said.

Red Panda is the state animal of Sikkim and is protected as under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 in view of its decreasing population worldwide.

The state is estimated to have about 20 per cent of the population of Red Panda in the country.