Red Pandas Live!
Watch the OKC Zoo's red pandas, Thomas, 7, and his daughter, Khyana, 18-months, in their Sanctuary Asia habitat as they play, engage with their caretakers and enjoy their favorite weather season, winter!
Khyana and her twin brother, Ravi, were born at the Zoo’s Sanctuary Asia habitat on June 2, 2019, to parents Thomas and Leela. Both Leela and Thomas arrived at the OKC Zoo in 2018 as part of the Red Panda Species Survival Plan™ (SSP).
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.
This year, Leela and Ravi, relocated to other AZA-member zoos as part of the SSP program to help further contribute to the conservation of their species.
In October 2019, Khyana underwent an amputation of her hind, left leg, due to a congenital deformity. She continues to thrive and is extremely active, always exploring her surroundings. Khyana is also eager to engage with her caretakers through training sessions.
How come I only see one red panda?
Because red pandas are solitary by nature and Khyana has reached an age of maturity, she and Thomas do not share habitat space.
Caretakers in Action!
While watching, you may notice members of our Carnivore team in action as they clean, feed and care for our red pandas. You may even see an enrichment or training session.
Why do the red pandas rub against various elements in their habitat?
This behavior is called scent marking. Red pandas 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.