Meet our fluffy pandas!
Adelaide Zoo is home to two Red Pandas – Imandari and Ketan.
Imandari was born on 31 December 2006 at Adelaide Zoo. She tends to be quite shy, however her confidence has grown since becoming a mum and is very friendly with familiar keepers. She loves to sleep in the highest points in the trees during the day. Smaller in size in comparison to the boys, Imandari has a lighter coloured and and more rounded face, with smaller and pointier eyes and nose.
Adult male Ketan was born on 20 December 2011 at Perth Zoo arriving at Adelaide Zoo in September 2013. Ketan is a sensitive soul 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.
Adelaide Zoo is one of the most successful institutions for breeding Red Pandas.
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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