Posted by: JulieAloha | May 31, 2017

365 Gratitude Project – Day 151: Red Panda Keeper Talk

May 31, 2017

Meet Carson. He’s an almost 3 year old Red Panda at Woodland Park Zoo and I got to hang with him and Keeper Jamie during a Keeper Talk – part of our Summer Programming. 

We currently have four red pandas at WPZ, males Carson and Yukiko and females Stellar and our newest little girl, Hazel. Red pandas primarily eat bamboo leaves and shoots, fruit and vegetation, though they are considered carnivores due to their digestive system and teeth. They are not closely related to the giant panda, in fact they are the only living species of the genus Ailurus, and are more closely related to the raccoon, skunk and weasel as part of the superfamily Musteloidea. They live in Asia, ranging across several countries, and though they range over a wide area their status has recently been reduced from vulnerable to endangered mainly due to loss of habitat, habitat fragmentation and poaching.

You can help these and other endangered species by educating yourself about them and sharing what you’ve learned with others, by being conscientious shoppers and not supporting industries or countries which allow deforestation and destruction of habitat or illegal trade in exotics or banned products, and by supporting conservation efforts locally and globally – in that way you can share Woodland Park Zoo’s mission to Learn, Care and Act.

You can learn more about Carson by visiting the Zoo or our website The Red Panda Keeper Talk is every Wednesday at 1:30 throughout the Summer season. 

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