Blackpool Zoo has announced the arrival of its first red panda cubs in over a decade, with not one, but TWO news babies to celebrate – just in time for International Red Panda Day!
Keepers were delighted to find the adorable new arrivals – a boy and a girl – nestled together shortly after their birth on Friday 18th June. First-time parents, two-year-old mum Alina, and eight-year-old dad, Tao Tao have been left to take care of their young naturally.
Mostly nocturnal, red pandas are native to the Eastern Himalayas and spend most of their lives in trees – including when they sleep!
Often associated with the giant panda, they are smaller than people might expect – only the size of a typical house cat, with a long, bushy tail measuring up to 18 inches long.
Red pandas are classified as endangered in the wild, with numbers still declining due to the loss of habitat in their native Asian forests.
International Red Panda Day – Saturday 18th September 2021 – is an awareness campaign that aims to teach people about this fascinating species by asking them to visit zoos that house red pandas, donate to the https://redpandanetwork.org/ or share social media posts that include #InternationalRedPandaDay.
To celebrate the births, and mark International Red Panda Day, Blackpool Zoo is holding a competition on its social media pages to name the new babies, with two winners receiving a pair of tickets to visit the Zoo. To find out more, go to Blackpool Zoo.