The Buffalo Zoo has announced the addition of a red panda.
Guests visiting the Buffalo Zoo this weekend will be treated to the debut of the newest resident, Scout, the red panda. The 1-year-old male red panda arrived at the Buffalo Zoo in November and comes to Buffalo from the Memphis Zoo as per a Species Survival Plan recommendation.
This is the first time in eight years the Buffalo Zoo has had a red panda.
"We are very excited to see the return of the red panda to Buffalo," President and CEO Donna Fernandes said. "By bringing Scout here, we not only get to enjoy this beautiful species, we also have the opportunity to educate the public about the red panda and the dangers these animals face in the wild."
The red panda is not related to the giant panda. However, like giant pandas, it is a bamboo eater native to the high forests of Asia.
Red pandas can be easily distinguished by their unique red and white coat color. Their face is predominantly white with reddish brown "tear tracks" extending from the eye to the corner of the mouth. Red pandas have long, bushy tails that help with balance. Their tails are marked with alternating red and white rings.
Red pandas are classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. There may be fewer than 2,500 adult red pandas living in the wild today. The primary threats they face are habitat loss and degradation, human interference and poaching.
Located at 300 Parkside Ave., the Buffalo Zoo is open year-round from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Scout can be seen in the Vanishing Animal Exhibit across from the zebra exhibit.
The Buffalo Zoo's red panda, Scout.