Red Panda (temporarily off-exhibit)Ailurus fulgens refulgens
We’re building a new home for our red pandas! Our red panda habitat is currently closed for renovations, and will reopen in 2024.
Geographic Region: Himalayan Mountains in the Sichuan and Yunnan districts of China and northern Burma
Isn’t it Wild? Also referred to as the lesser panda, bearcat, and Himalayan raccoon – red pandas are actually not related to the giant panda, bears or raccoons. RWPZoo follows the International Species Information System and places the red panda in its own family, Ailuride.
There’s More to the Story “The most beautiful creature I have ever seen.” This was French zoologist Frederic Cuvier’s first reaction to the red panda – and we certainly can’t disagree! Even though they are incredibly cute, there is a lot more to this species than their appearance.
Length: 20 – 25 in.
Weight: 8 – 14 lbs.
bamboo, grain and fruit such as apples, pears, strawberries, blueberries, and kiwis
Marco Polo's Adventure Trek
Follow Marco Polo's wild journey! Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo, the famous explorer, and see some of the animals that he may have encountered as he traveled through the extreme environments of the desert and high mountains. Get a glimpse one of our moon bears climbing or playing in the pool. See the beautiful red pandas and impressive takin. Can you find the secretive snow leopard? Look carefully—they blend in perfectly with their surroundings! If you come in winter, you might just be able to watch our red crowned cranes perform their intricate courtship dance. Can you figure out each of these animal’s adaptations that allow them to survive in such extreme environments?