Zoo Boise Announces the Birth of a Red Panda


Zoo Boise proudly announces the birth of a red panda – the second born at the zoo.

Red pandas live in China in the same area as giant pandas and eat bamboo like their larger namesakes. Red pandas live high in the mountains and are highly endangered, numbering between 5,000 - 6,000 in the wild. While red pandas eat bamboo as the main part of their diet, they also eat insects, bird eggs and fruit.

The male cub, named Angus, was born on June 23, 2010. Red panda cubs do not leave their den for the first few months of their lives. Zoo Boise’s red panda cub has only recently begun to appear on exhibit. Aside from quick checks on the cub, zoo staff has left the red panda mother to raise her cub in peace.

This red panda birth is very exciting and significant for Zoo Boise. The cub’s parents, Grace and Tiki, have been matched up as part of the red panda Species Survival Plan (SSP). The SSP is one of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s many conservation programs. Its primary role is to serve as a breeding program for selected endangered or threatened species – a special animal dating service, if you will. The goal is to maintain a healthy and genetically diverse population for these animals in order to increase their numbers and be able to reintroduce certain zoo-bred animals into their natural habitats if necessary. Other SSP animals at Zoo Boise include the Amur tigers, white-handed gibbons, Andean condors, and snow leopards. In 2008, Grace and Tiki had a female cub, Syringa, who now lives at the Erie Zoo.

Zoo Boise’s red panda cub is one of only twelve cubs born in the United States in 2010. As part of the red panda SSP, the cub moved to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Cleveland, OH in January 2011.

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