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Red Panda: here’s the scoop

threats

Habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation all of which are compounded by increasing human population, climate change, natural disasters, logging, inadequate enforcement of laws and regulations, poaching and a recent increase in the capture of live animals for the pet trade.

Committed to Conservation

The Buttonwood Park Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan (SSP) for Red Pandas. The goal of the SSP is to cooperatively manage animal populations within AZA accredited zoos to ensure the sustainability of a healthy and genetically diverse population while enhancing the conservation of this species in the wild. 

With the grand opening of the Zoo’s very first red panda habitat in 2019, we became a Partner in Conservation with the Red Panda Network by becoming a significant contributor to the Plant a Red Panda Home campaign. Red Panda Network is the world leader in red panda conservation. Conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat is done through research and monitoring, policy and advocacy, community-based conservation, education and outreach, and sustainable livelihoods.

Insider Info

The Zoo’s breeding pair of red pandas, Jacob and Marie, celebrated their 3rd and 2nd birthday respectively in 2020.  Marie was brought to New Bedford to pair up with Jacob based on a recommendation as part of the AZA’s Species Survival Plan.

On June 4, 2020, for the first time in our 126 year history, a red panda cub was born! Through a fun gender reveal enrichment activity, Jacob announced the cub was a boy. Five names were chosen from our Red Panda Pal subscribers and put to a public vote. His name is – Kodo!

Species

Red Panda

Scientific name

Ailurus fulgens fulgens

Habitat

High-altitude temperate forests with thick canopy cover and dense bamboo understories

Diet

Herbivorous. Bamboo constitutes 85% of their diet and they also eat a variety of fruit.

life expectancy

15 – 20 years

Did you know?

Red pandas, like giant pandas, are bamboo eaters native to Asia’s high forests, but despite these similarities and their shared name, the two species are not closely related. Red pandas are much smaller than giant pandas and are the only living member of their taxonomic family.

Range

Nepal, northeastern India, Bhutan and part of China

Conservation status

Endangered

High risk of extinction in the wild