Red Panda Rising
This is Rosie the red panda and she's the result of our Saturday morning activity yesterday. I asked my little flower why these pandas - which are just slightly larger than a domestic cat - are endangered and she told that me people are cutting down their trees in Asia (Himalayas, China & Nepal) where they live. This made me feel so proud. “If we take their trees away they'll have to sleep on the ground and they'll get cold down there," she tells me. That doesn't sound very nice does it.
Red pandas are not only endangered due to deforestation - logging and the spread of agriculture - climate change is having a big impact. The red panda occupies habitat within a very narrow temperature range. Temperatures in the forests of Asia are rising which means that red pandas will need to move to higher elevations to adapt to the changing climate (https://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/red-pandas-climate-change-and-the-fight-to-save-forests), providing there are still trees in those areas of course...
I drew Rosie on a rock and my daughter coloured her in, drew a forest with flowers and sketched herself with her little brother with pens, pencils and oil pastels.