In the Zoo
‘Early Morning Drink’ by Bobby McLeod
Red panda - The Red Panda, also called the Firefox or Lesser Panda (Latin name: Ailurus fulgens, “shining cat”), is a mostly herbivorous mammal, specialized as a bamboo feeder. It is slightly larger than a domestic cat (40 – 60 cm long, 3 – 6 kg weight). The Red Panda is endemic to the Himalayas in Bhutan, southern China, Pakistan, India, Laos, Nepal, and Burma. There is an estimated population of fewer than 2,500 mature individuals. Their population continues to decline .
Kecil came to Brookfield Zoo in June 2014 when he was nearly six months old. Since his arrival, he and Maggie have been behind the scenes to allow time for the two to bond. Animal care staff have kept the public updated on Kecil’s progress via a blog posted at www.CZS.org/Kecil on the Society’s website.