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Pictured here is Flynn, Binder Park Zoo's red panda cub that was born in June of 2010.

What’s Red, Black and Furry All Over?

Sept 12, 2011

Once again Binder Park Zoo is hearing the pitter patter of little feet. On June 18, 2011, Binder Park Zoo’s Red Panda, Delilah, gave birth to a single male cub. This cub has yet to be named but is doing well and spending a lot of quality time with mom behind the scenes.

The cub received his first physical exam and vaccinations at 8 weeks old and is doing very well. The cub will have another exam and set of vaccinations at 12 weeks of age.

This is a big step forward for red panda conservation. Red pandas are listed as an endangered species and with this in mind, Binder Park Zoo works with the red panda Species Survival Plan (SSP) to ensure the captive population remains genetically strong. Delilah is 5 years old and is on loan to Binder Park Zoo from the Bronx Zoo as she was genetically matched to breed with Binder’s 8 year old male, Fagen. Currently, Flynn, Delilah’s male cub that was born at Binder Park Zoo in June of 2010, is on exhibit while Delilah and her new cub get better acquainted.

Red Pandas are found in the mountainous regions of China, Nepal, India, Bhutan, and into Tibet. The main threats to their survival are habitat loss due to deforestation for agriculture and livestock and poaching as the red panda’s fur is still highly prized, especially for warm winter hats. They eat a diet of bamboo leaves supplemented by fruit, but they will occasionally eat eggs and insects as well. They are also known to invade rice farms which put them at risk for retaliation from the farmers.

Binder Park Zoo will keep the public up-to-date on whether the little guy will be able to make an appearance before October 2nd, the last day of the season, or during any upcoming events.

“It’s always exciting when a new animal is born here at Binder Park Zoo,” said Jenny Barnett, the Director of Wildlife Management, Conservation and Education. “When one of our SSP animals experience a birth, it’s just that much more exciting. Helping to ensure the survival of species like the Chinese red panda is exactly what our mission is about and we hope to continue such programs for years to come.”

In addition to the joyous birth of this adorable little red panda cub, Binder Park Zoo has added another new resident. Kayin meaning “celebrated child” in a Western Africa dialect called Yoruba, is a female giraffe on loan to Binder Park Zoo from the Sedgwick County Zoo. Kayin was born on November 29, 2008 making her 2 ½ years old. Her absolute favorite thing to eat is browse and hay from the puzzle feeders inside the overnight enclosures. Kayin is being slowly introduced to the Savanna exhibit and may be seen at Twiga Overlook before the end of the season.

To learn more about Binder Park Zoo please visit www.binderparkzoo.org or call 269-979-1351.


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