Zoo jubilant over birth of red pandas

first_imgDarjeeling: Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (PNHZP) in Darjeeling, popular as Darjeeling Zoo, is rejoicing the birth of two red panda cubs.The two red panda cubs were born in a special facility at Tobgay Danra. Snow leopards and red pandas are bred in this non-display facility around 20 km from Darjeeling town. While one cub was born on June 23 the other was born on July 1. “The cubs are reportedly in good health but they have to be under observation for 3 months at least,” said Rajendra Jakhar, Director, Darjeeling Zoo. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is the coordinating zoo for the red panda breeding programme (Project Red Panda) in India. The project was initiated in 1990. The first red pandas for this programme had been brought in from various European zoos like Rotterdam, Madrid and Clone Zoo during the late 80’s and early 90’s. Since then there have been around 40 zoo- bred pandas at the PNHZP. The first success of the Project Red Panda came in 1994. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “At present there are 13 female and 8 male red pandas at the PNHZP and the two newborn cubs,” stated the Director. The Zoo is also working towards releasing 4 captive bred red pandas in the Singhalila National Park September or October this year. The PNHZP was founded in 1958 and specialises in the captive breeding of endangered Himalayan species including Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Tibetan Wolf; Blue Sheep, Himalayan Tahr and Satyr Tragopan (crimson horned pheasant.)last_img

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