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Panda Updates – Monday, January 4

When I first walked up to Jackie’s habitat to start cleaning the other morning, he was resting in one of his favorite spots: his triangle perch. But as soon as I entered the habitat, he immediately climbed down and came over to investigate the contents of my bucket. As soon as he realized I didn’t … Continue reading "Panda Updates – Monday, January 4"

Welcome Jackie the red panda!

Zoo Atlanta is thrilled to welcome one of its most beloved species, the red panda, back to Atlanta. Jackie, a 3-year-old male red panda from Smithsonian’s National Zoo, is now exploring his new home in the Zoo’s Asian Forest complex. Jackie’s debut balances happy news with what had been one of Zoo Atlanta’s sadder announcements … Continue reading "Welcome Jackie the red panda!"

Panda Updates – Wednesday, January 29

The twins had a big adventure this week! Xi Lun finally convinced Ya Lun to join her in the behind-the-scenes habitat! Ya Lun was still a bit unsure of herself, but seeing how comfortable and relaxed Xi Lan was helped her to settle in. Typically, Ya Lun is the more confident and adventurous of the … Continue reading "Panda Updates – Wednesday, January 29"

Panda Updates – Monday, January 27

Red pandas are listed as Endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List. This is just two steps below being declared extinct in the wild, and three steps below being extinct all together. While habitat fragmentation and poaching are both concerns for red panda populations, one of their biggest threats … Continue reading "Panda Updates – Monday, January 27"

Panda Updates – Friday, January 16

The IUCN Red List has the red panda (ailurus fulgens) listed as Endangered. Their populations are declining for a multitude of reasons such as “housing and commercial development, mining, and climate change”, but another issue they are currently facing is from poaching and the wildlife pet trade. The Red Panda Network shared in July of … Continue reading "Panda Updates – Friday, January 16"

Panda Updates – Wednesday, January 15

It has been a rainy week in Atlanta! Thankfully, the giant pandas have been staying nice and dry in the dayrooms. The rainy weather also means that the pandas’ bamboo is especially fresh. Normally in our hot state with its intense sun, our bamboo technicians have to be careful to not let the bamboo dry … Continue reading "Panda Updates – Wednesday, January 15"

Jasiri’s new chapter

This year has been an eventful one for the gorillas and their care team. In fact, for the past several months, the Gorilla Care Team was very busy preparing for the transfer of one of our bachelors, Jasiri, to another accredited zoo. As per recommendation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Gorilla Species … Continue reading "Jasiri’s new chapter"

Jasiri the gorilla begins a new chapter

Jasiri, a 21-year-old male western lowland gorilla born at Zoo Atlanta, is ready to begin an exciting new chapter in a new home. Jasiri left Atlanta on June 17, 2019, and is now settling into new surroundings at Calgary Zoo in Alberta, Canada. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Gorilla Species Survival Plan® (SSP) … Continue reading "Jasiri the gorilla begins a new chapter"

Panda updates – Wednesday, January 30

Wet, icy, wintry weather recently threatened to strike Atlanta for the first time in 2019! Due to anticipation of inclement weather, Zoo Atlanta was closed yesterday, but this didn’t mean the animals were left to fend for themselves! We have a very dedicated animal care team at the Zoo, and neither rain, sleet, snow, sun, … Continue reading "Panda updates – Wednesday, January 30"

Panda Updates – Monday, January 28

If you have visited Idgie the red panda in the last year, you will have noticed we made several improvements to her habitat. Recently, we have made some additions that may not be so obvious. A little background first … red pandas are equipped to handle very cold temperatures. They have a very dense undercoat … Continue reading "Panda Updates – Monday, January 28"