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Two Red Pandas Born June 16

Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of two red pandas on June 16. The cubs are doing well and bonding with their mother, Mei Mei, in their off exhibit den.

“This is the second red panda birth at Nashville Zoo, and the first litter for first time mom, Mei Mei,” said Jennifer Wu, carnivore keeper. “We were able to track Mei Mei’s pregnancy progress because she allowed keepers to conduct ultrasounds during her regular training sessions. This helped the animal care team estimate a due date and properly plan for the big day.”

Animal care staff added video cameras to Mei Mei’s nest boxes and outdoor area so they would know when she gave birth and could watch for proper care without having to disturb the mother and cubs. The live feed camera is now accessible online offering the public an unobtrusive peek into the red panda den (see below).

Because red pandas are born blind and almost completely immobile, the cubs typically remain in the nest for up to three months. They will open their eyes around one month old but won’t have clear vision until they are a little older. For now, the three-week-old cubs are snug in their nest box with mom and won't start venturing outdoors until they are more mobile and developed, which is typically around four months old.

Known for their cinnamon colored fur and bushy ringed tail, the red panda (Ailurus fulgens) 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.


Live Red Panda Cam

Nest Box 1

Nest Box 2


Our Favorite Red Panda Cam Screenshots So Far

Posted by Nashville Zoo at 3:06 PM


7/6/2017 at 12:43 PM by HHC

This is great! Thanks to much for making the cams available.

7/6/2017 at 02:00 PM by Aaron

Fantastic! Congrats to the zoo and the red pandas. Thanks for sharing the livestream with us!

7/7/2017 at 08:32 AM by Danny Notestine

Thank you for sharing. We love the Zoos here in Tennessee.

7/7/2017 at 01:36 PM by Jackson

That is so cool! My moms favorite thing at the zoo is the red pandas

7/7/2017 at 02:02 PM by Emily

Congratulations! So excited to watch them grow up!

7/7/2017 at 02:06 PM by Lori Prorok

Thank you for sharing your pandas!

7/7/2017 at 05:07 PM by VIRGINIA H MCINTURFF

love this, thank you.

7/7/2017 at 11:11 PM by Anna Schnetzer

Tried to access both cams and got a message that they are no longer available! :(

7/8/2017 at 02:54 AM by Betty Corlew

Thank you for sharing with your cameras I enjoy checking in see the new babies and how their moms an dads take care of them. Your site is a way for me to enjoy since I don't travel a lot I can read an peek in on them. Good lucky with all the new babies

7/8/2017 at 08:50 PM by Sarah Hill

Red Pandas are by far my favorite animals!! They're so cute and very awesome!! If I could, I would have two! (They need playmates)!!

7/12/2017 at 03:16 PM by CYNTHIA JOHNSON

JULY 12 I am watching the Red Panda live cam the pups are beautiful, one pup looks over fed the other pup looks under fed, do you weigh them at different times and if MOM is not feeding one pup as she should do you supplement any formula ??? Thanks Cynthia

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