Red Panda Cubs Emerge Outside at Longleat in Wiltshire
Red panda cubs have emerged outside at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire for the first time in three years. The arrival of the new baby is a big boost for the future survival of red pandas in the wild.
Red panda cubs are making their first public appearance. The 10-week-old cubs have been living inside their mother’s mouth for the past few weeks and are already making their first ventures outdoors. The cubs were born earlier this year and are part of a breeding program that aims to protect the red panda.
Red pandas are rare and increasingly endangered. Their decline is caused by habitat loss, poaching and habitat destruction. They can live as long as 15 years. Sadly, there are only around 10,000 of them left in the wild.
Red panda habitat loss
Keepers at Longleat in Wiltshire are celebrating the birth of twinpanda twins. The animals are critically endangered in the wild and the birth of twins in captivity is a remarkable achievement. The two pandas are a part of a successful breeding programme and the twins were born in June 2013. They will stay in the Longleat enclosure for at least three years before they can venture out into the wild.
Red pandas live in bamboo forests and spend the majority of their time in the trees. Their diet is mainly bamboo and is low in calories. These animals are solitary creatures that spend most of their time sleeping and eating. However, they do supplement their diet with other types of vegetation like fruits and eggs. They are also known to enjoy bamboo cake.
Red panda diet
Two weeks after they were born, a pair of rare red panda cubs have emerged outside at Longleat wildlife park in Wiltshire. The parents, Ajendra and Rufina, are part of an endangered species breeding programme in Europe. They have previously raised six cubs together since arriving at the park in 2015. Keepers at Longleat say that the pair are excellent parents and are already a success story.
The new panda cub has had its first visit to the vet and has been named Koda. Koda means ‘little bear’ and was born on July 10th. The cub will take another month to reach its full adult coloring and will begin weaning when it is six to eight months old.
Red panda conservation work
The longleat safari park is home to an exceptional breeding programme of pandas. The first cubs were born two weeks ago, and are already starting to explore their surroundings. The new additions to the park’s panda conservation work are a welcome boost to the species’ future.
pandas live in parts of Asia and are critically endangered. These animals are often solitary animals that only come together to breed. Their habitat is increasingly being destroyed by human development, and climate change is one of the main factors.