In our collection
We have one female red panda, called Kitty, she arrived at the park on 23 May 2012. In July she was joined by a new male called Kevyn. They can be found in an enclosure next to the Visitor Centre.
In the last couple of years, Kitty has given birth to three kits, which have now moved on to other collections as part of the breeding programme.
Where to see them
Our red pandas can be found in the walk round area across from the Visitor Centre and next to the wolverine enclosure.
Don't miss our daily keeper talk at 3.30pm
Threats and Conservation
The main threat to the red panda is habitat loss for timber extraction and agriculture. Although they are protected in all the countries where they are found with the exception of Myanmar, they are still hunted illegally for their fur and in particular their long bushy tail which is highly prized as a good luck charm for Chinese newlyweds.
In China, this species occurs within many of the reserves that were established to protect the giant panda and an international breeding programme exists, with more than 230 participating zoos worldwide.