Red Panda Cub Update
Sacramento Zoo's Red Panda Cub will be moving off-exhibit.

WHAT’S HAPPENING: The male Red Panda cub, born June 8th, will be graduating from the Murray E. Fowler Veterinary Hospital to the Claire Mower Red Panda Forest building, where zookeepers and veterinarians will continue to care for him off-exhibit. Labor Day will be the last opportunity for guests to see him in the hospital. 

WHERE: Sacramento Zoo, at the corner of Land Park Dr. and Sutterville Rd. in William Land Park

WHEN: The cub's last day in the veterinary hospital will be Labor Day, after that he will no longer be viewable by guests on a daily basis. 

Red Panda, Photo credit Mike Owyang
Photo credit: Mike Owyang 

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 move will allow zookeepers to continue the weaning process and allow the beginning stages of socialization with one or more of the other pandas. 

The male cub, born June 8th, is being hand reared due to inconsistent care from his mother. At 12 weeks old, he is being weaned and will eventually be introduced to one of the Zoo’s other Red 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 3pm through the veterinary hospital window.  Although guests will not see the cub regularly, during normal zoo hours, after he moves from the Dr. Murray E. Fowler Veterinary Hospital, updates will continue to be posted on the blog periodically.

CONTACT: For more information contact the Sacramento Zoo’s Public Relations Coordinator, Tonja Candelaria at or 916-808-7446.

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