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Panda Updates – Wednesday, April 11

As the seasons change here in Georgia, so does the behavior of many of the animals here at the Zoo. For the giant pandas and our red panda, Idgie, the weather warming up means it’s time for a lot more sleeping. As we transition into spring and then summer, giant panda and red panda breeding seasons end, so a lot of the behaviors that coincide with them end as well. Idgie, like the giant pandas, has a thick coat of fur that helps keep her warm during the winter. Currently, she is shedding out that winter coat, so if you visit her it is not unlikely for you to see a poof of fur fly into the air as she is moving around. During this time, your best bet at catching Idgie up and exploring her habitat is early in the morning before it gets too warm out. After the temperature goes up, Idgie spends a lot of her time resting, or inside her climate-controlled space in her habitat. We provide this option to Idgie so that she has the choice to spend time in the sun or hunker down for a nap in a nice, cool space.
Danica W.
Swing Keeper I, Mammals

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