Nepal, June 17 -- Despite its increasing popularity among researchers there is still a big gap in knowledge about the habits and spread of red panda across Asia.

The red panda is not related to the giant panda in China, and is actually the only living member of the genus Ailurus and the family Ailuridae, even though they were earlier thought to be related to raccoons.

A recent review paper by Griffith University and University of Southern Queensland in Australia, Kathmandu Forestry College and the Red Panda Network shows that despite red pandas being studied for over 193 years, there is still a significant knowledge gap impeding its conservation in the wild and improved management of captive populations.

Lead author of the study, Sikha...