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Wonderfully Wild Wednesday: Red panda is red

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications

The “red” in the red panda’s name is easy to understand—the animal’s fiery colored coat serves as camouflage to blend with reddish-brown moss on trees.

Photo by Mat Hayward/Woodland Park Zoo.

The “panda” part, well, despite the common bamboo diet, the red panda is more closely related to raccoons than it is to the giant panda.


Anonymous said…
Visited today 2/15, the red pandas were not at home. The sign said "no animals in this exhibit". Are they coming back (soon)?
Hi anon,

Our red panda pair is off exhibit for (hopeful) breeding right now. We could have the male back on exhibit by the end of March. Sorry for the inconvenience for all the red panda lovers out there!