First look at the adorable baby red panda born at the Detroit Zoo
ROYAL OAK, MI – We get our first look at a newly born baby red panda at the Detroit Zoo. Meet Scarlet. She just made her first public appearance at the Royal Oak Zoo after being born last July.
Scarlet is the 25th Red Panda born at the Detroit Zoo since 1999. She now lives with her mother, Ash, in the Holtzman Wildlife Foundation’s Red Panda Forest.
“It’s really exciting to watch Scarlet learn from Ash how to become a red panda. It involves a lot of spectacular maneuvers to climb trees, ”said Scott Carter, director of life sciences for the Detroit Zoological Society. “Ash is doing so well with Scarlet; she is very attentive and always waits for her to follow her, ”added Carter.
Red pandas are listed as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. It is estimated that fewer than 10,000 red pandas remain in the wild and their numbers are declining due to habitat loss, poaching and the illegal pet trade.
On average, adult red pandas typically weigh between 8 and 17 pounds. They can live up to 23 years. And as you can see from the photos and video, they are skilled climbers and love to use trees as shelter to escape predators and sunbathe.
Detroit Zoo opened its exhibition on the 14,000 square foot red panda at the end of 2018. It includes plenty of outdoor spaces to explore, a stream and an indoor nesting area. There are currently five red pandas living in the exhibit.
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