17/09/2020

New Red Panda Settles in Ahead of International Red Panda Day

Have you paid a visit to Shifumi yet?

As the world prepares to celebrate International Red Panda Day this weekend, our newest arrival is settling in nicely to her new home.

The one-year-old red panda, named Shifumi, joined us last week, from Parc Animalier d’Auvergne in France, where she was named after the popular game “rock, paper, scissors”.

Shifumi is already delighting visitors and staff alike, who are pleased to finally meet Shifumi after her much anticipated arrival was delayed due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

To celebrate International Red Panda Day this Saturday (September 19), we will be running a competition on our Facebook page to guess Shifumi’s weight. The closest guess will win a family annual membership to Bristol Zoo.

Alan Toyne, team leader of small mammals, said: “Shifumi is doing brilliantly and seems to have settled in really well to her new home here at Bristol Zoo.

“Red pandas are a beautiful and popular species and Shifumi is already proving to be quite a star. She has settled in well and is enjoying exploring and climbing to the top of the large oak tree in her paddock.

“We hope to welcome a mate for her soon so that we can continue playing a part in the vital conservation breeding programme for this rare and unique species.”

Red pandas are elusive and rarely-seen mammals native to the eastern Himalayas and south-western China.

The global red panda population has fallen by 50 per cent in the last 20 years and the species is classified as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It is now feared there are as few as 2,500 individuals left in the wild.

The species is threatened by habitat loss due to deforestation and fragmentation of their forest homes. They are also at risk from poaching and free-roaming dogs which spread diseases to, or kill, red pandas.

Red pandas spend most of the day resting in trees, conserving their energy. They are usually solitary creatures but come together in pairs during the breeding season. 

The red panda exhibit here at Bristol Zoo Gardens is kindly sponsored by Etherton Education.

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