There are two red pandas who live here at Newquay Zoo – Serren who arrived at Newquay Zoo back in 2019 from Touroparc in France, and her daughter Emma, who was born at Newquay Zoo in June 2020.
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.