We have two female red pandas here at Newquay Zoo. Seren arrived back in 2019 from Touroparc in France, while Sundara moved from Banham Zoo in East Anglia in 2023. They can often be found curled up high in the tree tops, so don’t forget to look up!
Red pandas are native to the mountains and forests from northern Myanmar to Western Nepal.
They belong to a carnivorous group of mammals, but feed almost exclusively on bamboo shoots – eating 20 to 30 per cent of their body weight in bamboo a day! They will also eat grubs, lizards, chicks and bird’s eggs.
Red pandas are classed as Endangered in the wild, with their numbers continuing to decline. The main reasons for this decline is habitat loss due to deforestation and poaching and hunting for fur and the pet trade.