With fewer than 10,000 mature red pandas left in the wild, the red cat-bear, as it's also known, is listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
That makes the high concentration of red pandas in the Imaw Bum mountain range even more important to the species' survival. Now FFI is working with the Myanmar Forest Department to designate Imaw Bum as a national park.
The government banned the export of raw logs earlier this year to slow deforestation. From 1990 to 2010, the country's forest cover shrank from 58 percent to 47 percent. That's a lot of missing trees that red pandas could be sleeping in.
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