Paignton Zoo is home to three red pandas, Ember and her two cubs Riya and Esha. They live at the top of the zoo opposite the spider monkeys.
Also known as the ‘original panda’, red pandas are an unmistakable fiery red colour as suggested by their name. They are found in the wild in deciduous and coniferous forests of the eastern Himalayan mountains and southwestern China.
Like their distant black and white cousins, red pandas mostly eat bamboo shoots, but can also tuck in to grubs, berries and small eggs.
Habitat destruction and fragmentation poses a huge threat to red pandas in the wild. There are thought to be no more than 10,000 mature individuals remaining today, with the IUCN Red List classing red pandas as Endangered.
The red panda has legal protection in several national parks within China and Nepal. Our red pandas are part of the EAZA ex-situ breeding programme (EEP) for the species.