Born Sunday, June 11, 2017
Please note: Cub A is on exhibit, but may not be visible for several weeks until it is big enough to climb out of the nest box.
The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park is proud to announce the birth of twin red panda cubs on Sunday, June 11, 2017 to second-time mother, Mei-Li.
The first cub has been with Mei-Li since birth and has grown as expected. The second cub was significantly smaller at birth, and after close observation, the decision was made to add supplemental feedings, hoping to allow the cub to stay with mom and sibling. It became evident that the second cub was going to need additional care and support and was subsequently removed for hand-rearing by Animal Care staff. This cub is now gaining weight appropriately, though additional health concerns have come to light. At this point, staff will be moving forward with the current care plan and will wait for the cub to become healthier before putting it back with Mei-Li.
Through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Binghamton Zoo participates in several Species Survival Plans (SSP), ensuring the long-term health and survival of captive species, including the red panda.
Cub B Update (7/19/2017): Cub B was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which is an overproduction of cerebrospinal fluid in the ventricles of the brain. The condition has also resulted in a skull malformation, in addition to the malformation of the cerebrum, a portion of the brain. Cub B’s current quality of life is good – the cub is eating well and growing daily. As Cub B grows, we will continue to monitor behaviors and development to determine the long-term quality of life.
Cub B Update (8/7/2017): We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of red panda Cub B. This past week brought about new challenges for the female cub. She was seen by the Cornell Exotics Department mid-week after concerns arose with her breathing. Diagnostics were performed and a treatment plan was made. By the weekend however, it became apparent that she was failing and not improving. The difficult decision was made to humanely euthanize Cub B over the weekend. While she was not with us for long, she made a huge impact on staff and visitors alike. We thank the community for their support, as well as zoo veterinarian Dr. Aly Cohen and the Exotics Department at Cornell University for their assistance and care of Cub B.
We have decided to remember female red panda Cub B as “Hope,” a name given to her temporarily by Animal Care staff throughout her medical struggles. Thank you to everyone for the kind words. We will certainly miss baby Hope!
Cub A Update (8/11/2017): And his name is…. ROWAN! Thank you to the community for helping us name our male red panda cub!
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