It’s the only one of its kind. Literally. The red panda is not part of the bear family and is not a strange variant to the giant panda. The red panda is alone in its genus, making it the only species in the family Ailuridae. Everyone has had trouble truly deciding where in the “evolutionary tree” it belongs because of its similarities to the raccoon family (Procyonidae), bear family (Ursidae), and the giant panda (Ailuropodidae). But do you know which “panda” was discovered first?