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BPZOO Launches Live-Streaming Web Cam

BPZOO Launches Live-Streaming Web Cam

New Bedford, Massachusetts: For the last five years, guests at the Buttonwood Park Zoo have been delighted by the adorable antics of the red pandas that call the Zoo home. Now, thanks to a partnership with local IT company, Micro Technology Solutions, Inc in Fairhaven, those same red pandas are making their mark on the world wide web. Check it out by clicking here.

BPZOO’s “Red Panda Cam”, streaming live on bpzoo.org, showcases three red pandas – Jacob, Marie, and Sprout. Jacob has the distinction of being the first red panda at BPZOO and was introduced to the South Coast when his habitat opened in May of 2019. Marie arrived not long after the habitat opening, based on a recommendation as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP). She gave birth to her first cub, Kodo, in 2020, and in 2023 welcomed Pip and Sprout. Kodo, whose name is a Nepalese word for grain, left BPZOO in 2022 on her own breeding recommendation. Pip received a transfer recommendation in April of 2024, leaving Sprout as the only offspring remaining with Jacob and Marie. In the wild, red panda cubs leave their mother once they are self-sufficient. Breeding and transfer plans take into consideration the timeline of when cubs and parents are ready to separate.

Red pandas live in high-altitude temperate forests of Nepal, northeastern India, Bhutan and part of China. Listed as Endangered by the International Union of Conservation of Nature, the global red panda population has declined by 50% over the last 20 years. Primarily threatened by habitat loss, red pandas are also susceptible to climate change, poaching, livestock herding and disease. It is estimated that there are less than 10,000 and as few as 2,500 red pandas remaining in the wild. Currently, there are 219 red pandas at 87 AZA accredited institutions who are working together to save this endangered species.
Primarily bamboo eaters, red pandas need to eat 20-30% of their body weight each day due to the high amount of indigestible fiber present in bamboo. Thanks to the success of the Zoo’s Community Bamboo Program, the red pandas, elephants, and others enjoy various species of bamboo harvested from private landowners throughout the community.
BPZOO is a Partner in Conservation with the Red Panda Network by helping in their campaign to Plant a Red Panda Home in Nepal. Once restored, the critical forest corridor that connects Nepal and India will be part of the Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung Red Panda Protected Forest in Eastern Nepal: the world’s FIRST protected area dedicated to red panda!

Of course, the adorable threesome can still be viewed in person. The Buttonwood Park Zoo is located at 425 Hawthorn St. in New Bedford and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, apart from Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Ticket prices for non-New Bedford Residents are $10 for adults/$6 for children 3-12; Ticket prices for New Bedford Residents are $7.50 for adults/$4.50 for children 3-12. Annual membership passes are also available.

Meet the Pandas!

Jacob

Jacob arrived in 2018 and has the distinction of being the very first red panda in BPZOO history. Now 7-years old, Jacob is the only male red panda at BPZOO and is easier to distinguish from the others by the significantly redder fur on his face. Jacob can typically be seen draped on upper branches in back part of his habitat or curled up on the highest stump in the center. He is well known among staff for his love of red delicious apples – but do not try to tempt him with macintosh. He will most certainly turn his nose up at them!

Marie

Marie arrived at BPZOO in 2019 based on a recommendation as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP). She gave birth to her first cub, Kodo, in 2020 and in 2023 welcomed Pip and Sprout – both whom bare a significant resemblance to her. Marie can be distinguished from her offspring by the more prominent marking on her chin and her slightly rounder face. Marie prefers to hang out by the pine tree in the back corner of her habitat.

Sprout

Sprout was born at BPZOO on May 27, 2023 along with her sister Pip. Sprout was a hearty newborn who was comfortable following her sister’s lead.  Sprout’s facial markings are similar to Marie’s – she has lighter colored fur with distinct white patches over her eyes. Look for Sprout up high in the perching, towards the center of her habitat – or wherever Marie is – because Sprout is a true Mama’s Girl. Sprout will remain at BPZOO until she receives a  breeding or transfer recommendation from AZA,