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Red pandas are important due to their taxonomic uniqueness and ecological significance, yet there remains a lack of data and research about the species. This project worked with data provided by the Red Panda Network and reports by country where red panda habitat is located.  

Background

Fossils of the red panda's ancestors have been unearthed in North America and date as far back as five million years. Today, red pandas are listed as endangered (November, 22, 2015) by the IUCN Red List due to habitat loss, human encroachment, poaching and the effects of climate change.

The red panda is a charismatic mammal with taxonomic uniqueness and ecological significance, yet there remains a lack of data and research about the species.

Endangered and Fragmented

Although the data varies on red panda range,
researchers cite increases in human population and the continuing spread
of human activity as the main factor behind habitat loss.

Process

First, I started gathering content and data from reports to illustrate the population decline and threats to conservation. Since data was provided by country, specific threats and conservation became segmented by political geography. 

Design

Since the data was central to habitat, the map became the central component. First iteration was created in Tableau.

Final Visualization

The data visualization project is created in with Google Map API, Google Fusion Table, QGIS, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Bootstrap and developed with CSS, HTML, JavaScript, and JQuery.

Explore the final design at Shedding Light on Red Pandas in the Wild: Population and Threats >   

References

Population and Habitat Viability Assessment (PHVA): Nepal (2010) and China (2012).
Human population data - Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Columbia University and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Photos and video - Arkive
Red panda data and spatial range - IUCN Red List.
Illustration and design - Becky Scheel