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Habitat

Bamboo forest at high altitudes.

Wild Diet

Bamboo shoots, grass, roots, fruit, acorns and occasional mice and birds.

Behaviour

This panda has a rusty red coat and a long bushy tail which resembles a racoon more than a panda. Indeed, the red panda is not closely related to the giant panda at all. It is primarily a nocturnal animal and spends most of its time curled on a branch, tail over its head or head in chest. They live in pairs and form small family groups. 

Breeding

The female has 1-2 young after a gestation period of 90-150 days. The longer period is when the fertile egg lies dormant. The young stay with the mother until they are 1 year old.

Threats

Hunting, habitat destruction, hunting for skin.

Conservation

The red panda has legal protection in Nepal and China, and occurs in several national parks. Conservation breeding programmes in zoos are co-ordinated world-wide.

How do I adopt a Red panda?

First choose the adoption package you wish to purchase, see below, and then make your animal selection.

Adoptions apply to the species rather than individual animals. This is because our animals may move to other zoos as part of breeding programmes.

Adopt a cheetah

Adoption Pack - £30

  • An adopter’s certificate
  • A fact sheet about your chosen animal
  • Your name on an adopters plaque displayed in the Zoo for 12 months
  • A thank you letter
  • A photograph of your chosen animal

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Adopt a gorilla

Junior Adoption Gift Box - £55

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A soft toy of your chosen animal
  • One junior entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packed in a presentation box

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adopt a giraffe

Adult Adoption Gift Box - £60

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A Paignton Zoo mug
  • One adult entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packed in a presentation box

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Adopt a rhino

Glass Adoption Gift Box - £75

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A glass rhino specially created by Teign Valley Glass
  • One adult entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packaged in a presentation box

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