Identify the fauna with the help of given information:

  1. The fauna is the state animal of Sikkim
  2. It is an arboreal animal and more than fifty percent of its population is known to be concentrated in Eastern Himalayas
  3. It is poached for its distinctive pelts and has been listed as endangered in the IUCN list

  Select the correct answer from options given below:

Answer: [B] Red panda

The red panda has been classified as Endangered by the IUCN because its wild population is estimated at less than 10,000 mature individuals. The mammal is native to the eastern Himalayas and south-western China. The red panda is the state animal of Sikkim. Almost 50 percent of the red panda’s habitat is in the Eastern Himalayas. 

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