Meet our fluffy pandas!
Adelaide Zoo is home to two Red Pandas – Ketan and Mishry.
Adult male Ketan was born on 20 December 2011 at Perth Zoo arriving at Adelaide Zoo in September 2013. Ketan is an independent red panda who mostly keeps to himself, but is relaxed with zoo keepers and is always very alert and reactive. His favourite treats are pears, grapes and Red Panda milk.
Two-year-old Mishry arrived at Adelaide Zoo from Taronga in May 2021 and is now on exhibit. Mishry loves to be up in the highest points of the tree all curled up. However, she is quite inquisitive and likes to explore her new exhibit.
Adelaide Zoo is one of the most successful institutions for breeding Red Pandas having bred 46 cubs between 1975 and 2015.
Despite their name, Red Pandas are more closely related to racoons than to their black and white counterparts. Native to the eastern Himalayas and south-western China, Red Pandas spend most of their time in trees eating bamboo and a variety of fruits, leaves and eggs.
It is estimated there are fewer than 10,000 Red Pandas left in the wild. The major threats facing the species in the wild are habitat loss and fragmentation and poaching. The ultimate cause of these threats is the high growth rate in human populations within the species’ range and commercial logging, clearing for habitation and farming, as well as grazing of domestic stock. These issues are fundamental threats to the long-term survival of the species.
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