Flamingo Land is proud to announce that our 18-month-old red pandas, Tai Jang and Bai Jiao, are now on display to visitors! We have a male and female who have settled in to being here with us. They can be found in an enclosure next to the tigers.
You might have to look closely to spot them as they spend a large amount of their time high up in the trees!
The red panda looks similar to a raccoon but is predominantly red in colour, hence the first part of its name. The second word, panda, makes us think of the giant panda which is a lot larger and black and white in colour. However, these animals are not related! The only similarities between them are that they are both native to China, their diet mainly consists of bamboo, and they have a modified wrist bone which can be used as an extra digit.
Red pandas are natively found in several countries in the Himalayas; therefore need to have very thick fur to keep them warm.
The trees where they would live are often covered in red moss, so their red fur helps them to camouflage against predators, such as the snow leopard and martens.
They also have white fur on their face around their eyes, nose and ears.
Unlike the giant panda, they have a long bushy tail which they would use for balancing on the trees whilst they climb.
Due to the poor nutrients the red panda obtains from the bamboo, it is only active for about half of the day, and this would usually be at dawn and dusk.
For the remainder of the time the red panda would often be found high up in the trees sleeping.
These animals are usually solitary, except during mating.
After they have mated, female red pandas would give birth to one to four young in spring or summer.
These would be cared for by their mother for around 90 days in their nest.
Male red pandas usually have no involvement with raising young.