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Red Panda Cub Birth Announcement

We are thrilled to announce the birth of a red panda cub on July 3.

The female cub is doing well and bonding with her mother in their off exhibit den.

Known for their teddy bear-like appearance and red fur, the red panda is native to the mountains of Central China, Nepal and northern Myanmar (Burma). They are considered vulnerable to extinction due to habitat destruction. In addition, slow rates of reproduction and high infant mortality rates make it very hard for this species to rebound from population declines.

“Red panda mothers are very prone to stress and easily agitated, which could cause them to reject or unintentionally harm the cubs,” said Karen Rice, carnivore supervisor. “Because of the high infant mortality rate, we took every precaution possible to ensure the baby was delivered and cared for safely.’

The female red panda needs to be made comfortable months prior to giving birth by “denning” her up in an area where she feels at ease. 

“We anticipated a late June/early July birth so we denned up our female in May. She was confined in the building that she is used to and provided with a choice of nest boxes and most importantly – air conditioning!” 

Animal care staff monitored her for signs of stress and added video cameras to her nest boxes so that they would know when she gave birth and could watch for important things, like the cub nursing and possible overgrooming by the mother, all without having to disturb them. 

“After our female gave birth we made the decision to continue our hands-off approach since all was going so well. At one month of age, we did our first neonate exam and determined the cub to be female, in good health and weighing just under two pounds. The cub and mom both did well and were happily reunited right after.”

The Zoo’s two red panda adults are a part of AZA’s Species Survival Program, which manages the breeding of a species in order to maintain a healthy and self-sustaining captive population that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable. At about a year old, she will most likely leave Nashville Zoo to be paired with a mate for breeding. 

If all continues to progress, the Zoo hopes to debut the cub this fall. Stay tuned for more details about her debut.

Read more about our red panda cub here

Posted by Kelsey White at 9:03 AM


9/3/2014 at 12:09 PM by Aaron Dalton

Congratulations to the mom and to Nashville Zoo! The cub is too cute to be true :)

9/3/2014 at 12:58 PM by anita

Just the cutest cub ever!!

9/3/2014 at 03:10 PM by Tiffany shankel

Congrats she is so precious

9/3/2014 at 04:00 PM by Danika Senzer

When will we do the Naming Contest. i have the PERFECT name for her. She is adorable.

9/3/2014 at 04:13 PM by Terrilynn Gray

Congrats to the New Mommy. Looking forward to seeing them soon.

9/3/2014 at 04:39 PM by emma

THIS CUB IS WAY TOO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9/3/2014 at 04:41 PM by lauren

red pandas are my favorite animal. IT IS SO CUTE!

9/3/2014 at 06:15 PM by Isabel

How exciting for our zoo!!! Can't wait to see more photos of this little cutie!

9/3/2014 at 06:18 PM by Gracie Gray

Adorable! Can't wait to visit her.

9/3/2014 at 06:53 PM by Brandi

What is the mother's name? I can't remember! Baby girl is so adorable!

9/3/2014 at 08:56 PM by Christine

So proud of our baby panda and so proud of our ZOO!

9/3/2014 at 10:08 PM by Rose Snoblen

Soooo sweet!! Can't wait to take the Grandkids!!! Nana and Papa

9/3/2014 at 10:41 PM by Susan Heffernon

A "Slightly Chinese" name- "Peem-Pam"-! That's one of my affectionate names, for my "Orange Boy"- Seems to fit, though... XO

9/3/2014 at 10:42 PM by Susan Heffernon

Or "Bim-Pam"...

9/4/2014 at 12:38 PM by Doug

Name her: "Amanda Panda"

9/4/2014 at 03:42 PM by Gillian

Way too cute for reality!!! Call her Ba Yu. It means precious jade!

9/5/2014 at 10:18 AM by Leigh

Tao Tao

9/5/2014 at 04:24 PM by christel

XIAO-means smile in Chinese! She is so adorable!

9/5/2014 at 05:12 PM by dorothy farmer

name her Gingerlocks

9/11/2014 at 05:17 PM by Debbie

Just too cute, for sure have never seen one like it....

9/18/2014 at 06:06 AM by Emily

I can't wait I'm going on a field trip with my class today to see the little cutie

9/24/2014 at 08:17 AM by Alison

I think the girl should be named Dolly. And the boy should be Kenny.

9/24/2014 at 09:21 AM by Mr. Panda

This is the coolest thing in Nashville.

9/24/2014 at 06:50 PM by Tennessee

so cute cant wait to see it we are going just to see it

9/24/2014 at 06:52 PM by Autie

The Panda is truly lucky and is so cute. Happy Birthday Cutie pie!

9/24/2014 at 06:54 PM by Autie

It's so cute and lucky I think it should be named Lily if it's a girl and Lyle if it's a boy. Happy birthday Cutiepie.

9/25/2014 at 11:59 AM by DEBBIE PATTERSON

I think you should name her .....ROJO Which means red in spanish

9/25/2014 at 12:03 PM by Ashley

I think her name should be "Tonda". Short, cute, and simple for everyone to remember.

9/25/2014 at 12:05 PM by Ashley

I think her name should be "Tonda". Short, cute, and simple. Something everyone could remember. :)

9/25/2014 at 04:40 PM by Lauren

How adorable!! Her name should be Ruby! She's a gem!! <3

9/25/2014 at 06:03 PM by Christine Reighard

I have two names, courtesy of my neighbors children...Alana and Julia

9/25/2014 at 06:51 PM by Candy

I think her name should be Lucy or Lucille Ball

9/25/2014 at 07:30 PM by S. Gentry

I had thought of s name: Kew Zihn -- beautiful treasure

9/25/2014 at 08:58 PM by Ella Harrell

I think the name should be Honey Bear!!! She looks like honey.

9/26/2014 at 12:07 AM by Duane Rich

I think her name should be Amanda The Panda so short simple and sweet.

9/26/2014 at 11:45 AM by Juanita

I think her name should be Gingersnap

9/26/2014 at 03:21 PM by Pamela

How about Blaze!!! For her color and her strip down her face!!

9/26/2014 at 03:22 PM by Pamela


9/26/2014 at 03:31 PM by sonia b

Gingersnap is a cute name for this cutie!

9/26/2014 at 05:01 PM by Doris Vandruff

For a name....Mai Ling! She's gorgeous!! Kudos to everyone going way beyond the norm to help mom and baby through this amazing journey!

9/26/2014 at 05:02 PM by Doris Vandruff

I love the name Mai Ling, for her.

9/26/2014 at 05:34 PM by Tracy

she adorable. Her name should be ruby Ruby means dynamic

9/26/2014 at 06:36 PM by Tina

I think her name should be Pula. It means Red in Filipino. She looks like a Pula. Adorable

9/26/2014 at 07:39 PM by Carolyn

This is second red panda I have ever seen. They are so cute. I think this one should be named 'Spunky' because they can be a handful at times

9/26/2014 at 08:58 PM by mike

name sweetness after walter payton

9/26/2014 at 09:26 PM by Cindy

Her name should be áo Ben. Auburn

9/26/2014 at 11:25 PM by Francisco

I think Rufus should be its name, meeting reddish brown in color.

9/26/2014 at 11:45 PM by O'Hara (after Maureen)

Maureen O'Hara was the most beautiful red-head. I like the name O'Hara. It has a nice ring. Or Mo would be okay too.

9/27/2014 at 12:12 AM by Theresa Vuono

So adorable. Amanda Panda

9/27/2014 at 10:11 AM by Bo

She should be named Ginger!

9/27/2014 at 11:15 AM by Mary Noel

This is an absolutely adorable animal! It should be named Hong, which is Chinese for red.

9/27/2014 at 01:09 PM by rachael ashman

I think her name should be Scarlet its so pretty and a shade of red

9/27/2014 at 05:20 PM by Darby

She is precious, her name should be Cherish.

9/28/2014 at 04:50 PM by carina

Name the baby red panda sky

9/29/2014 at 12:17 AM by joe

Her name should be kuàilè (happy) in Chinese!

9/29/2014 at 09:32 PM by Alyssa

I'm 6 yrs old. Name her Smiley. She smiles all the time.

10/1/2014 at 03:47 PM by stephanie

Freyja, she's a Nordic Goddess of LOVE and Fertility. She's adorable!!!

10/2/2014 at 12:23 PM by Ashley

I think it should be named ratatouille

10/12/2014 at 11:13 AM by Emma

her name should be Hóngsè dì mêilì meaning Red Beauty in Chinese

2/21/2015 at 03:09 PM by duckymama

aww i really want to see it!

10/31/2015 at 07:06 AM by deeznuts


6/5/2016 at 12:49 PM by Mackenzie

aww so cute name it fleecer

6/5/2016 at 12:50 PM by Mackenzie

i ment fleeker p.s aww so cute and adorable

6/5/2016 at 12:55 PM by Mackenzie

if its a girl name her flo aw so cute hashtag adorable

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