Panda Updates – Wednesday, October 23
When I first started at Zoo Atlanta as a keeper in Outback Station, I always made the time to say hi to Idgie the red panda when I was done taking care of the naked mole rats. Early in the morning is my favorite time to be at the Zoo, as you can often find the animals up and active, ready to explore their habitats for the day. I never thought that five years later I would get to be one of Idgie’s primary caregivers! Red pandas are some of my favorite animals, and they hold a very important role in their native ecosystems. Being the only living member of their family classification, red pandas are truly unique. Idgie is no exception, and her personality shines through each day. Although she is getting older, she’s still spunky and just as cute as she was five years ago when I first met her. Adjusting Idgie’s care and habitat as she has aged has been a team effort for many departments (Animal Care, Maintenance, Horticulture and Veterinary), but I’m proud to be a part of helping Idgie thrive as she enjoys her golden years here at Zoo Atlanta.
Keeper II, Mammals
(photo by Katie T.)