In our collection
We currently have two red pandas here at Edinburgh Zoo. The male is called Bruce and he was born in June 2015 and arrived here in March 2016 from Safaripark Beekse Bergen in the Netherlands. The female, Ginger was born in July 2015 and arrived in February 2017 from Dierenrijk also in the Netherlands.
Where to see them:
Bruce and Ginger can be found in their new enclosure behind Meerkat Plaza. The pair are side by side at the minute in separate enclosures but, once they have had a chance to fully settle in and get used to their surroundings, keepers will begin the introduction process, putting the two in together
This new enclosure was made possible thanks to support from Player's of People's Postcode Lottery.
Threats and Conservation
The main threat to the red panda is habitat loss for timber extraction and agriculture. Although they are protected in all the countries where they are found with the exception of Myanmar, they are still hunted illegally for their fur and in particular their long bushy tail which is highly prized as a good luck charm for Chinese newlyweds.
In China, this species occurs within many of the reserves that were established to protect the giant panda and an international breeding programme exists, with more than 230 participating zoos worldwide.