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International Red Panda Day
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Sep 18, 2016

Lee Richardson Zoo

Lee Richardson Zoo will be celebrating International Red Panda Day Sunday, September 18th from 12:00PM to 2:00PM. Activities will be located just outside of Wild Asia inside the Zoo. Participants may pick up a passport to “travel” through areas that red pandas are native to in Asia. At each travel stop, you will be able to earn a stamp on your passport by completing a challenge or activity. There will be obstacle courses to traverse, bamboo to eat, and a ton of fun facts to learn! In addition to the games and activities available, everyone will have a chance to partake in a Keeper Chat at 12:30PM at the Red Panda exhibit located inside of Wild Asia. Ask questions and learn more about Lee Richardson Zoo’s current family of red pandas. Parents Ember and Charlie are out in exhibit periodically but the cubs probably won’t be out until late September or early October. While you’re in the area, stop by our voting booth to cast a ballot to help name the new cubs! Voting will be open until September 27th and the winning names will be announced September 28th. Voting will be available at the event as well as the Safari Shoppe, the Finnup Center for Conservation Education, and online at www.leerichardsonzoo.org. Discovered 50 years before the Giant Panda, which genetic testing has shown to be unrelated, Red Pandas are listed as Vulnerable, with populations declining in part because of disease and habitat loss due to deforestation and fragmentation. They are in the order carnivore but they have a diet that consists mainly of bamboo. For more information about International Red Panda Day Please visit the zoo’s website www.leerichardsonzoo.org, or contact Emily Sexson at 620-276-1250 or by email at Emily.dodge@gardencityks.us