MEMPHIS, TN – Jan. 14, 2020 – Memphis Zoo has added a pair of red pandas to the CHINA exhibit. These red pandas are a different subspecies than the pair exhibited in Cat Country and are known to be bigger and more vibrant in color.
The two brothers, Xing and Itsuki, were born at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Canada in 2014. Memphis Zoo visitors can see the twosome in a large yard next to the Francois Langurs. Currently the pair is most active and visible in the morning.
Red pandas, once thought to be related to giant pandas, are more closely related to weasels, raccoons and skunks. Their name in Chinese is “hun ho,” meaning “fire fox.” Red pandas, like giant pandas, feed on bamboo and eat anywhere between 20-30% of their body weight every day.
For more information, visit www.memphiszoo.org.
About Memphis Zoo
Memphis Zoo, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is home to more than 4,500 animals representing more than 500 different species. Recently named as one of the top zoos in the country by TripAdvisor® and by USA Today, Memphis Zoo has completed over $118 million in renovations and expansion since the early 1990s. The Zoo’s animal inhabitants reside in one-of-a-kind exhibit, such as Once Upon A Farm, The Commercial Appeal Cat Country, Primate Canyon, Animals of the Night, Northwest Passage, Teton Trek, CHINA - home to giant pandas YaYa and Le Le, and the Zambezi River Hippo Camp. Memphis Zoo was founded in 1906 and resides on 70 acres in the middle of Overton Park. It is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Memphis Zoo, YaYa and Le Le are trademarks of Memphis Zoo.
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