Drayton Manor Park has launched brand-new zoo experiences, allowing animal lovers to get up close and personal with some of the world's most unique animals and even take selfies The new experiences at the Staffordshire-based attraction allow budding zoo keepers to get to grips with tapirs, red pandas
, snakes, a variety of invertebrates and skunks and get to meet the keepers that help look after them and take part in feeding and training sessions.
Part of a European endangered species breeding programme for red pandas
, Lotus and Baika arrived at Folly Farm in September 2018 and have been living in a temporary enclosure while Asian Adventure was under construction.
Families can also visit a variety of endangered animals at Drayton Manor Park's conservation zoo, home to over 100 animals of all shapes and sizes, including the stunning Scarlet Macaw, curious Slender-Tailed Meerkat and fluffy Red Panda
. Animal-lovers can learn all about tigers, red pandas
, reptiles and more at Drayton Manor Park's hourly zookeeper talks.
Assistant Curator Jay Haywood said: "For safety reasons we had to move the red pandas
to an off-show area for a couple of days while routine tree maintenance work was carried out in their enclosure.
are generally smaller than their better known black and white cousins, looking more like a fox with a striped tail.
David Beckham shared a series of photos of himself and his family meeting the locals, including koalas and red pandas
, at Symbio Wildlife Park, in Helensburgh, on the outskirts of Sydney.
"As our red pandas
are arboreal they do spend a lot of time snoozing up in the trees and can be hard to spot.
"His genetics are absolutely vital to the future conservation breeding of red pandas
, as habitat loss, the illegal wildlife trade and poaching pushes their numbers to a new low in the wild.
The Seneca Park Zoo's Cold Asia Exhibit has opened, featuring two red pandas
and a new home for the zoo's snow leopards.<br />"For decades, families from across our region have enjoyed time together at the Seneca Park Zoo while learning about conservation," Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said Friday.
Munching on bamboo and lazing under a fan spraying cooling mist, "Jackie Chan" is in a relaxed mood, one of three red pandas
once destined for the exotic wildlife trade but now instead settling into a new home in a leafy Laos sanctuary.
It was "very very hard" to save the red pandas
who perished, says Sen-galoun Vongsay, Laos programme manager for Free the Bears.
Also seen were animals native to China - pandas, red pandas
and the Chinese goral (similar to a goat).