Graphit on Bristol Vellum, 11″ x 14″, 2015
The red panda, scientific name Ailurus fulgens, is a small, raccoon-like animal the lives in the mountainous, temperate forests of Nepal, northern Myanmar, and central China (source). They spend most of their time in trees, and live off of bamboo, fruit, acorns, roots, and eggs. The main threat to the red panda population is deforestation for the logging industry or agriculture (source). To combat this loss of habitat, the red panda has been “armed” with electromagnetic pulse guns (EMPs). These guns are charged by the red pandas electromagnetic brain pulses; a detector sensitive to electrical equipment will cause the EMPs to shoot an electric pulse at logging equipment and render it useless. This will put an end to efforts to clear the area of forests, as fixing or replacing the equipment will become too costly and more trouble than it’s worth, effectively preserving the red panda’s home.