The Sacramento Zoo’s Red Panda Cub will graduate from the Murray E. Fowler Veterinary Hospital to the off-exhibit area of the Claire Mower Red Panda Forest on September 3rd, the day after Labor Day.
The male cub, born June 8th, is being hand reared due to inconsistent care from his mother. The move will allow zookeepers to continue the weaning process and allow the beginning stages of socialization with one or more of the other pandas.
“We are excited that the cub is now big enough to move closer to the other Red Pandas but we are still cautiously optimistic about his health,” said Harrison Edell, General Curator at the Sacramento Zoo. “There is still a high possibility of mortality for the young cub at this delicate stage in his life.”
The cub will return to make a special appearance in the veterinary hospital the weekend of International Red Panda Day on Saturday and Sunday September 7th and 8th. Guests will be able to see him that weekend from 1:30 to 3 pm through the veterinary hospital window.
Although guests will not see the cub regularly, updates will continue to be posted here periodically.
In the video below, you can watch the cub play with his plush fox companion and hear the panda’s loud snort as he pounces on the toy.
|Photo credit: Mike Owyang|