Rare red pandas visit Island

By County Press reporter

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Rare red pandas visit Island

One of the red pandas at Amazon World Zoo Park.

STAFF at Amazon World Zoo Park on the Isle of Wight will be pandering to every need of their latest guests — two red pandas.

Xiao-xing (Morning Star) and Mei-xing (Beautiful Star) are on loan to the park from Port Lympne Zoo in Kent but their normal home is snowy mountainous terrain in China, Nepal and northern Myanmar.

Their numbers are now down to just 10,000 in the wild.

Even though they only arrived on the Isle of Wight yesterday (Monday), the one year olds have already settled in nicely at their new home and are feeding well on their diet of bamboo, fruit and meat.

Zoo park manager Rob Westby said the more bamboo they can grow, the better. He is appealing to Island residents for any bamboo, particularly rooted bamboo, which can be replanted to supplement their own supplies.

Although they are female, if they are both thriving in a year's time, the park is set to be given a male red panda, so in time there could be the patter of tiny panda feet.

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