It’s a boy! Cute Red Panda Cub at Paradise Park in Hayle, Cornwall
Wednesday 14th September, 2016
Keeper Becky Waite comments “This little cutie was quite a handful. The vet check went very well and I am happy to report that he’s a boy and is very healthy. He now has a microchip for lifelong identification.”
The cub, which has been named ‘Koda’, meaning little bear, was born at 6.30pm on July 10th to mum Jai-Li and dad Lang Za. This is her seventh cub, she has had three sets of twins in previous years but this year she’s had just one.
Watch a short VIDEO clip of the cub during his vet check https://youtu.be/PXrU6gVwNbE
Director Alison Hales comments “Paradise Park participates in the Red Panda European captive breeding programme, and this cub is a valuable addition. Swapping with other collections keeps the captive population healthy in case there might be a need for a reintroductions in future years.
One of our cubs from last year ‘Rusty’, recently moved Krefeld Zoo in Germany to join a mate, and at the same time, we welcomed ‘Suri’ who came from Port Lympne Reserve, the wildlife sanctuary in Kent.
After a successful trial at the beginning of 2016 we plan to re-introduce Red Panda Experiences for 2017. These events raise money for the Red Panda Network, which is committed to the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat through the education and empowerment of local communities. So keep an eye on our website www.paradisepark.org.uk and Facebook/Twitter pages for more news.”
Now two months old, in another month the cub should achieve his full adult colouring. He will start eating solid foods at this point, weaning at around six to eight months of age. Cubs stay with their mother until the next litter is born in the following summer. Males rarely help raise the young. The species is generally quiet except for squealing and grunting by cubs, and whistling communication sounds. The Red Panda is classed as Vulnerable in the bamboo forests on the slopes of the Himalayas, and it is believed that their numbers could now be as low as 2,500. The existing population is expected to decline by 10% every 10 years. One way to help is by joining the www.redpandanetwork.org to spread the word, adopting a Red Panda or sponsoring a Forest Guardian. These guardians conduct awareness-building workshops in local villages and schools, do research for the Red Panda Network and establish community-based protected areas.