Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team
Date: July 8, 2021 4:30 am
Photo Credit: Zoo Boise
Zoo Boise, a division of Boise Parks and Recreation, have introduced two red panda cubs which were born on June 21st 2021. The cubs are the second litter for pair Dolly and Spud. This is the seventh litter for Dolly.
The first few weeks of their life have been spent in the den with their mother. Soon they will begin to leave the den and begin to explore the exhibit.
Dolly has once again proved a brilliant mother to her cubs. Keepers have bee doing their best to ensure privacy for the new family. This ensures Dolly does not become stressed and can provide excellent care to her cubs.
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This birth is exciting for Zoo Boise as Dolly and Spud were matched as part of the Red Panda Species Survival Program (SSP). The SSP is one of the Association of Zoos & Aquarium’s many conservation programs. Its primary role is to serve as a breeding program for selected endangered or threatened species.
This program ensures the population of captive red pandas is genetically diverse and if necessary will provide animals for reintroduction.
The naming rights for these cubs will be auctioned off at Zoo Boise's annual gala, Zoobilee on August 27th 2021.