Bandit, Henry Vilas Zoo’s new red panda, makes public debut

Bandit, the Henry Vilas Zoo’s new red panda, made his public debut Thursday.

The energetic two-year-old red panda spent Thursday getting used to his new surroundings. Eager visitors, including one with a red panda stuffed animal, watched as he ate berries fed to him by zoo manager Laura Weiner.

The process to bring him to the zoo began months ago, she said. After getting a recommendation from the Red Panda Species Survival Plan, it was determined Bandit was a good match to join Tai, the zoo’s current female red panda.

Zoo staff from Madison picked him up from the Columbus Zoo in Ohio and drove him to Wisconsin. After he arrived, he spent a month in quarantine before being introduced to the public.

“We’re really excited to have Bandit here. He’s a really active young guy; hopefully he’ll make a good habitat mate for Tai,” Weiner said.

So far, Tai is “not too excited” about her new companion yet, “but I think that’s how everyone is when you first meet someone new,” Weiner said with a laugh.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Popular

More from author

Thursday Night Football Channel

The Thursday Night Football Channel If you love watching National Football League games, you'll want to tune into the Thursday Night Football channel to follow...

Cars Characters

Cars Characters Cars is a CGI animated film series and a Disney media franchise based on anthropomorphic vehicles. It was created by John Lasseter, and...

Us Postal Service Change Of Address

How to Make a Change of Address With the US Postal Service Many people have had their mailing addresses changed without their knowledge. In a...

Unblocked Games For School

Unblocked Games For School You might be wondering how to find the best unblocked games for school. There are many options, but one that stands...