Get ready, the red pandas are coming to the Buttonwood Park Zoo!
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Summer 2018, the zoo will open a new habitat for one of the most charismatic and beautiful mammal species in the world, the red panda. This new habitat, located at the entrance of the Asian elephant yard, will allow guests to become immersed in the sights, sounds, and smells of this playful, bamboo-eating mammal. Red panda are indigenous to temperate forests in central Asia including China and Nepal.
This tree-dwelling mammal’s diet mainly consists of bamboo; as a result, the Zoo will be starting a community bamboo growing and harvesting program. Got bamboo? Fill out our donation form.
In the wild, red panda are considered endangered mostly due to habitat loss and poaching. The Buttonwood Park Zoo will partner with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Red Panda Species Survival Plan (SSP) as part of a breeding program focused on maximizing genetic diversity. The goal of this SSP program is to maintain a sustainable captive population of red panda to safeguard against their wild extinction.
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