Zoo Boise Announces Red Panda Cub Birth


Zoo Boise’s most “reproductive” year ever continues with the recent arrival of a red panda cub.  The male cub was born on June 15, to first time parents, Dolly and Winston.  This is the third red panda to be born at Zoo Boise.

Like red pandas in the wild, the cub has been spending his first few weeks in the den with his mother.  As he continues to grow and develop, he will slowly begin to emerge from the den to explore the exhibit for short periods of time.  Visitors to the zoo may be able to catch glimpses of the cub as he begins to explore more.

As a first time mother, Dolly has been doing a fantastic job of caring for the cub.  Zoo Boise staff has been giving Dolly as much privacy as possible, to ensure that she does not become stressed and continues to take excellent care of the cub.  For the time being, to reduce stress on Dolly and the cub, Winston has been moved to an exhibit in the Animal Health Complex.

This red panda birth is very exciting and significant for Zoo Boise.  The cub’s parents, Dolly and Winston, have been matched as part of the Red Panda Species Survival Program (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. 

The red panda cub joins two snow leopard cubs, a black-crested mangabey baby, a North American porcupette, six skunk kits, a serval kitten, two Ruwenzori long-haired fruit bats and a blue-poison dart frog born at Zoo Boise this year.  In addition, through Labor Day, visitors to the zoo can also catch the seasonal Butterflies in Bloom and Dinomotion exhibits.

Zoo Boise invites the community to Keep Your World Wild; the zoo turns the act of visiting the zoo into a conservation action. Zoo Boise is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, a national organization that supports excellence in animal care, conservation, education and science.

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