The Greensboro Science Center's zoo is home to two red pandas, a male named Taiji (called Tai for short) and a female named Usha. The easiest way to tell them apart is to spot the spot on Tai’s nose! Our male has a small, dark spot on his muzzle.
Red pandas' fluffy tails are used for more than just aesthetics! In addition to helping them keep their balance in the trees, red pandas can also wrap their tails around themselves like a blanket to help keep warm in winter. Their red coloration acts as camouflage and makes them difficult to spot in fir trees, where they blend in with branches covered with reddish-brown moss and white lichens.
When you symbolically adopt a red panda, your donation provides critical support for animal care, education programs and wildlife conservation at the GSC. Adopt an Animal: Red Panda packages include a stuffed red panda, certificate of adoption, eco-friendly bamboo tote bag and a photo fact card. Virtual adoptions are also available. Click here to learn more.
Our red pandas enjoy bamboo, apples, pears and grapes!
Tai has been trained for the following behaviors: target, shift, scale, crate, up (on hind legs), touch, ear, come, station. Usha has learned target, come, paw, up, touch, ear and scale.
Tai and Usha don't necessarily have a favorite enrichment, but they regularly receive puzzle feeders to enjoy!
Cool temperate bamboo forests in the Sichuan, Yunnam and Ziang provinces in China
Mostly bamboo, but also mushrooms, roots, nuts, eggs and occasionally insects and fish
About 42" (including tail)
6 - 18 pounds
Around 9 years in captivity
Red pandas are solitary - except during breeding season. Litters of 1 - 4 cubs are born after 134 days gestation.
Threats include poaching and habitat destruction.
Our male, Tai, was the first red panda exhibited in an AZA-accredited facility in North Carolina!