RED PANDA JOINS CONSERVATION EFFORT
Published: Jul 6, 2016We're getting ready to say a fond farewell to our beloved baby red panda.
Eight month old Hu who was born at the Zoo in November is preparing for a new life at Bojnice Zoo in Slovakia where he will join conservation efforts to save his species from extinction.
The red panda’s status on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species has regressed from “vulnerable” to “endangered” in recent months and it is hoped that Hu will become part of a breeding pair. There are around 700 red panda’s in zoos across the world, but numbers in the wild are unknown where red pandas are under threat from habitat loss and fragmentation due to human activity, poaching and climate change.
‘Hu was the first red panda that we have bred at Newquay Zoo and we were delighted when he was born, but we are even more pleased that he will now go on to hopefully become a father to his own offspring. It is a pleasure to work with our international colleagues at zoos across the globe to help conserve this, and many other species that we have at the Zoo.” John Meek Curator of Animals at Newquay Zoo says.
Hu will make the journey to his new home in the next couple of weeks where he will be introduced to a mate.