Red Panda Exhibit

After close to a decade, Utah’s Hogle Zoo has welcomed back the much-missed red panda. The ribbon cutting on the Zoo’s newest exhibit took place on May 2, 2018. This new exhibit, the Janet Quinney Lawson Red Panda Exhibit, was made possible by a generous donation by the Quinney Foundation as well as numerous donations from red panda lovers.

The Zoo is now home to a four year-old male and a seven year-old female that came from the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, AZ. the two pandas have acclimatized to their new exhibit which features close to 36-degree viewing: two areas for nose-to-nose encounters and views from the upper dining deck in Asian Highlands.  Their new home is also equipped with cooling spots and a recirculating water feature.

Red pandas are an endangered species native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. Often confused with a raccoon or fox, the red panda is mainly active at dawn and dusk, and mostly eats bamboo. Thick, red fur covers their entire body, including the soles fo their feet, to conserve body heat.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo works with the Red Panda Network to help save this species in the wild. The Zoo and Red Panda Network help train and equip Forest Guardians, protecting native habitats from logging and deforestation. www.redpandanetwork.org.

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