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Zoo Boise Announces Birth of Red Panda Cubs

6/23/2014

Summer has arrived and with it so have two red panda cubs at Zoo Boise. The cubs, both female, were born on June 6 to parents, Dolly and Winston. They are the fourth litter of red pandas born at Zoo Boise.

Like red pandas in the wild, the cubs have been spending their first few weeks in the den with their mother. As they continue to grow and develop, they 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 cubs as they begin to explore more.

As she did with her first cub last year, Dolly has been doing a fantastic job of caring for the cubs. 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 cubs. A quick veterinary exam last week found the cubs to be in good health.

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.

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. Located in Julia Davis Park, Zoo Boise is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Labor Day.

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