Red Panda sighted in Dzuluk valley 

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Gangtok, July 29: 
 
 
In a very rare occurrence State animal Red Panda was sighted in Dzuluk valley in it’s natural habitat this morning. Dzuluk is a small hamlet situated in east district near Indo -China border area and it is one of the famous tourist destinations which is also old Silk Route. It is very difficult to see extremely elusive Red Panda in it’s natural habitat and this is something very intriguing. 
 
Red Panda is state animal which is schedule I animal under the wildlife protection act 1971. State government and WWF are constantly working to creates awareness across the state about the Red Panda. 
The forests of Sikkim has rich variety of flora and fauna, many of them found nowhere else in the world. It is the largest habitat of the red panda (Ailurus fulgens) and also home to the Himalayan black bear, leopard, blue sheep, musk deer.
 
In India the red panda is found in the foothills of the Himalayas, particularly in the wetter eastern sections of Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. The panda is what we call an arboreal animal. The word ‘arboreal’ to describe animals that spend most of their time in trees. Red pandas eat, rest and even sleep in trees, hardly ever coming to the ground. The red panda has been high on my list of must-see animals. Unfortunately, it is a shy creature, and what makes the task even more difficult is that they are active only at night.

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