Home Safari – Red Panda – Cincinnati Zoo

Home Safari – Red Panda – Cincinnati Zoo


hi guys welcome to another Home Safari
Facebook live I’m Ellie with Libby and Paul and we’re keepers here at
the Cincinnati Zoo and today we’re gonna be hanging out with some of our red
pandas and before we get started we just want to remind you guys can type in any
questions you might have anything you want to know about red pandas any
questions about these pandas specifically we’ll be happy to get them
answered for you so right now in the yard here we have Lin six years old
she’s a female red panda those two right they are her babies and baby red pandas are called cubs so her two cubs are named Audra and Lenore enough to kind of go off and
families and so they’re not quite old enough yet but they but so they’re out
here hanging with mom and we also have Kenji who was our only male red panda he
is somewhere out in the yard too he is 4 years old you do come back to the zoo if
you’re looking for Kenji you can find them up on the very top of the trees he
likes to take naps on the highest point of the trees there red pandas if you didn’t know are from the Himalayan mountain region from China all the way down to
Nepal and India there’s two species full fulgens and styans we have full fulgens
they are primarily from China they’re a little darker and a little bigger than
the fulgens ins you can see Audra is a little darker than her sister so there
are some color variations in different different ones and the zoo’s they have a
very sharp claws they are excellent climbers they live up in the trees they
build nests in the trees you’ll see they have a long tail they’ll
use that to kind of balance when they climb and they’ll wrap
on their face like a scarf to keep them warm their red coloration comes from the
moss that grows in the trees where they live and as they blend in for camouflage
and then the dark underbelly is when you look up into a tree you’ll see that dark
under belly they blend in that way as well
if you look at their faces they have kind of red teardrops on the face that
helps reflect the sunlight and then the white coloration actually luminesce’s in
the dark so cubs can find their mothers so they’re pretty cool the bottoms of
their feet don’t have pads like a dog or cat they’re all covered in fur it’s a
for insulation they can walk through the snow they are cold hardy animals they
live in the mountains and so they love this this type of weather this time of
year and in the snow they do not make good pets unfortunately even though
we’re in here with them they do not like to be petted they do not like to be
picked up like a cat they they do not enjoy that at all
there’s like said sharp claws and very strong right now we’re just feeding them
some apple which is a favorite of theirs I see some banana so these guys are tech
like carnivores they have carnivore teeth in a justice system but they eat
primarily bamboo about roughly 20,000 leaves a day nobody knows why it’s just
one of those weird little things that happens in nature they will occasionally
call catch a small bird or mammal and they will eat that
they’ll eat some fruits and mushrooms in the wild here we do cut them bamboo in
the park and give that to them every day we also feed them prepared leaf eater
biscuits it has all the calories and nutrients
they need favorite toy I would think we have fire hose hammocks
it’s like a big hammock and they love to lay in that and sleep in that Kenji’s
right behind the pole there the mail came out if you see he’s a little bit of
blonde er than the females it’s just one of those think every panda is a little
different some are a little lighter than that a little darker no they do not like
to be bathed yeah they take care of themselves they’ll clean themselves like
a cat would but yeah they do not we do not bathe them they do not like water we
do not swim they just drink water that’s all the water they do they lips altering
the wild sometimes your mom and cubs I think they
like any any of the keepers Paul is a favorite he’s been working for a
long time over 30 years so but yeah I think they like anybody especially if you have
apples they’ll love you oh so red pandas were discovered fifty years before the
giant panda so when the giant pans discovered they’re both are from the
same region China they both are herbavores they eat primarily bamboo and
they both have elongated wrist bones acts like a pseudo thumb so they assumed
that they were related so they’re named giant pandas and these guys were named
lesser panda it hasn’t been til recently they did DNA testing and discovered that
giant pandas are actually bears and these guys are not they are not related
to anybody they’re in their own family category called a Ailuridae the closest
would there relate to is weasels mustelids but they are not related to a
giant panda so they these guys are they true and one an only red panda species
which is kind of fun if I said this bottom of their feet do not
have pads like a dog or cat is all fur it’s a built-in snowshoe so it’s kind of
cool these guys have a one two four cubs at a
time they can one two two is average the breeding season is their seasonal it’s
in January or February there’s one 24-hour period when the female is
receptive for having a baby or a breeding and they’ll have the baby then
somewhere from May to August June is kind of average specially for us to use
average Linn here obviously had two cubs this year she had two cubs last year but
she wanted to have been her it’s been her average still waiting for four out
of one of our panels I’d be kind of cool to see these guys are endangered their
habitats being destroyed unfortunately and they’re being hunted for their fur
and for a pet trade like I said pets they make awful awful pets with sharp
claws destroy your furniture they also have a scent gland the base their tail
they scent mark everywhere does that be all over your furniture and likes it
they do not like to be cuddled at all no picking up no petting so they do not
make a good pet they sleep up in the trees they’ll just lay in the branches are
laying all across the the branches there or they’ll build sometimes the females
will build a nest when they she has Cubs but yeah the trees bananas a favorite
bamboo they do love bamboo every bring that fresh bamboo out there there go
right to it start eating not necessarily that you can have males that are larger
than females but it’s not it’s not a you know they’re average they average
between 15 to 18 pounds so pandas can male and females are not you know
different that way they are not they are not related to anybody but themselves why does their tail look like racoons you striping I assume that helps with
camouflage I’m not sure why the striping is if it actually it has to be
camouflage when they’re up the trees they love cold weather these guys are
live in the mountains of China you know in the Himalayan so they love cold
weather actually the summertime when it’s hot we actually have air
conditioning for them to keep them cool because they they are they’re covered in
fur completely all over only their nose and their eyes does not have fur on it
and they do not shed it out so they’re they’re made for cold weather and they
love the snow uh technically yes we’re technically omnivores which we eat meat
and plants they are technically carnivores which eats primarily meat and
even though these guys do primarily bamboo which is a plant it’s one of
those scientific things we do not understand they can eat about 20,000
leaves of bamboo a day we feed them about 300 to 500 grams of a prepared
biscuit along with bamboo we don’t pie don’t give them 20,000 leaves but we do
give them about 4 to 5 stalks per panda a day they’ll use that when they climb that
kind of helps imbalance but they’ll actually use it kind of like a scarf
when they curl up in the tree to sleep it’ll they’ll wrap it around their face
like a scarf and keep them keep himself warm oh that’s a good question I don’t know
that one offhand I’m sure there is I’m sure panda means something that I
just don’t know it off and you know Paul obviously the reddish fur they are
probably with mom not quite two a year they can they’re but they can stay in
the wild a septum about about a year but they they can leave before then if you
heard that that vocalization at all that’s called Huff quacking that is
actually the term for that that sound it’s one of the vote one of the ways
they vocalize that’s just mama baby uh play fighting a
little bit there nothing serious uh in the web they catch small birds or small
mammals we don’t feed them meat here in the zoo but and in the wild they any
they have caught a bird here in the exhibit before he was he was sent
marking there he is he’s a gland the base of his tail and he
was marking that rock they are technically called crepuscular which
means they’re active at dawn and dusk these guys are a little more kind of all
day they little sleep more in the heat in the summer during the day but this
time with the way that when the weather’s cool like this they’re
definitely very very active and moving around for sure another kind of looking
for looking for the apples we were feeding them a piece they do drink water
yes baby teeth oh I don’t know that one off and the question
I don’t think so I don’t think so I’ve never seen any shedded teeth so they can
live mid to late teens we had one that was 17 when she finally passed there was
one or is that somewhere recently was in her 20s oh yeah I forget me too
yeah 20 with the 22 what kind of schooling some people have
biology degrees I have as well G degree kind of experience is a lot of G people
are getting yeah a great psychology degrees yeah okay that I think the pandas are ready for
their afternoon the meal so we’re going to wrap this up here guys thank
you so much for coming if you’re able to we would love for you to donate that
really helps us with this and we can’t wait to see you guys come back into the
zoo when we’re back open

100 Comments on “Home Safari – Red Panda – Cincinnati Zoo”

  1. Oh so cute and FLUFFY! It's nice to see them up close. It's been a while since I've seen them at the zoo, but they were always far away and sleeping.

  2. These have really brought a glimmer of joy to these lonely days working from home. Thank you so much for making these videos!

  3. This much cuteness should be illegal!
    Please teach your photographer to minimize and smooth movements; it hurts to watch it. He/she needs to learn to walk very smoothly when recording. Thanks.

  4. Wow these animals are absolutely gorgeous!!! And quite mysterious too, their name and some of their physical attributes, mysterious creatures!!! And you might say that they're one of a kind as well!!! I think that they're amazing and beautiful and I can't thank you guys enough for making and sharing this lovely video of your Red Pandas❣❣❣❣

  5. I can't think of a better cause, place, organization, call it whatever you please, I can't think of a better group to help, an obviously terrific staff at this zoo and the beautiful creatures in your care!!! Not to mention an extremely clever group of people with making these many awesome videos, sharing them with all of us and letting people know that you guys need help caring for your animals especially because the zoo is not able to collect any entrance fees!!! Brilliant and thoughtful group of people at the Cincinnati Zoo!!! I'll be donating to show my appreciation!!! Thank you so much for cheering me/us up during this most stressful time💟💟🐾🐾💟💟

  6. Red panda !🤗😘💕So cute! Thank you for such interesting videos. It's very interesting to learn something new.

  7. Why are they so darned cute! This was so interesting; I don’t think I knew anything at all about these animals. Thank you so much – you are one great zoo.

  8. best part of the video was the moments where u hear the keeper whispers what else not once but twice hahahahaha

  9. They are precious. I love their beautiful faces. They don't seem to mind being photographed. Thank you for this wonderful and educational video. Stay safe.🍎🍌🐾❤️😀

  10. My favorite animal and a must-see for every Zoo visit.

    Went to high school with Ellie, so it's pretty cool to see this 👍

    Reading these comments makes me think nobody watched/listened to the video.

  11. It really ticks me off when I hear any wild animals are used as pets or for the pet trade or for food. Why is this still going on..it is awful.

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