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Utica Zoo to celebrate Red Panda Day

Posted 9/16/22

The Utica Zoo invites the public to come help them celebrate the cute — and presumably cuddly — red panda during International Red Panda Day on Saturday, Sept. 17.

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Utica Zoo to celebrate Red Panda Day

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UTICA — The Utica Zoo invites the public to come help them celebrate the cute — and presumably cuddly — red panda during International Red Panda Day on Saturday, Sept. 17. The Utica Zoo will help visitors learn about red pandas through a host of activities, including special educational booths, and crafts.

Discovered about 50 years before giant pandas, red pandas are the only species left in the Ailuridae family. Due to habitat loss and other threats, their numbers in the wild are estimated to be anywhere from 2,500 to 10,000, one reason for their endangered status on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species, according to the Utica Zoo announcement.

The Utica Zoo is currently home to one red panda, Mei Lin, who was born at the Utica Zoo and recently returned after spending about a year at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Ill.

The International Red Panda Day celebration at the Zoo is included with admission. The Zoo is open daily, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 363 days a year.

“International Red Panda Day and the Utica Zoo hopes to encourage people about these adorable creatures and help save the biome in which they live, raise funds and awareness, and provide family fun during this dedicated day,” the announcement said. “The red panda celebration also continues the Utica Zoo’s tradition of assisting the Red Panda Network, a leader in conservation activities throughout China and Nepal dedicated to saving these animals from extinction. The zoo will be donating 10% of the sales of all red panda plush sold in the gift shop on Saturday to the Red Panda Network.”

The Utica Zoo creates unique experiences and promotes public appreciation of wildlife through education, conservation, and recreation and is home to over 200 exotic and domestic animals, welcoming over 100,000 visitors annually. For more information on this, and all things Utica Zoo, visit UticaZoo.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @UticaZoo

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