Zoo Boise to bring in red pandas made famous in panda-cam

Jaclyn Brandt

Zoo Boise to bring in red pandas made famous in panda-cam

CREATED May. 9, 2012

Zoo Boise will be bringing in two of the red pandas featured on Mozilla Firefox's online red panda cam in 2011.

The male and female pandas, named Dolly and Winston, have been matched as part of the Red Panda Species Survival Program. The goal is to maintain a healthy and genetically diverse population for these animals in order to increase their numbers and be able to reintroduce certain zoo-bred animals into their natural habitats if necessary.

Zoo Boise also recently welcomed a Patagonian cavy baby. The female cavy was born on April 17 to parents Joanie and Chachi. Joanie, the mother, had a difficult delivery and so the baby has been hand-raised by zoo staff.

This weekend is a great time to visit the new red pandas and Patagonian cavy at Zoo Boise. Friday and Saturday night, Zoo Boise is hosting sneak peek tours of the renovated sloth bear exhibit, which reopens on June 1. More information about Zoo Boise events may be found at www.zooboise.org.

Zoo Boise is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, a national organization that supports excellence in animal care, conservation, education and science. Located in Julia Davis Park, Zoo Boise is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily year round. For more information, see www.zooboise.org or call 384-4260.