Red Pandas Live!
Watch the Oklahoma City Zoo's red panda family in their Sanctuary Asia habitat! Watch as Thomas, 6, and Leela, 5, plus their offspring Khyana and Ravi, 9 months, play, eat and engage with their caretakers.
In October, Khyana underwent an amputation of her hind, left leg, due to a congenital deformity. She's thriving and is able to do everything her four-legged brother, Ravi, can do.
Thomas, 7, came to the OKC Zoo from the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk and Leela, 6, was born at the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero, California, in 2014 and moved to the Toledo Zoo and Aquarium in 2015.
Their relocation to the OKC Zoo in 2018 was a species survival plan (SSP) recommendation.
The Zoo participates in the Red Panda Species Survival Plan, developed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) as a cooperative effort among AZA-accredited zoos throughout North America to help promote genetic diversity through species management.
I can’t see the red pandas. Where might they be?
Red pandas are skilled climbers! If you look closely, you may see one (or two) of our red pandas snacking or resting on a branch above.
All in a day’s work!
While watching, you may notice members of the Children’s Zoo care team in action as they clean, feed and care for our red pandas. You may even see an enrichment session or two!
Why do the red pandas rub against various elements in their habitat?
This behavior is called scent marking. Because red pandas are a solitary species, they use their scent glands to mark their territory.
Red Panda Facts
Red pandas are currently classified as Endangered with fewer than 10,000 mature animals left in the wild.
Red panda populations are currently in a decreasing trend due to residential & commercial development, energy production & mining, agriculture and livestock farming and interruption of service corridors.
As the only member of the Family Ailuridae, red pandas are not related to giant pandas and are an entirely separate species.
Red pandas have developed an elongated wrist bone, or false-thumb, that evolved to help them grip narrow branches while climbing trees and also helps them grip bamboo.
After a gestation of 112-158 days, a female red panda will give birth to 1-4 offspring. The cubs are born blind and deaf and will remain in the den for the first 3-4 months.
The median life expectancy for red pandas is 10 years.