For the many years visitors to the Edmonton Valley Zoo have been getting closer to Red Pandas — some of nature's most endearing animals.
Since their arrival from the Tokuyama Zoo in Japan, our red panda's Koko and Lala have warmed the hearts of zoo guests of all ages and helped us understand more about these special animals. Red Pandas are classified as vulnerable by International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (ICUN) because its population is estimated at fewer than 10,000 mature individuals.
The Edmonton Valley Zoo Red Pandas are now an important part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP). Being unrelated to other Red Pandas in North America, their genes are the most valuable within the population.
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The knowledge gained has allowed us to become recognized in the Species Survival Plan community as an expert in Red Panda husbandry. In order to expand on that knowledge and expertise, the Edmonton Valley Zoo has taken up the cause to protect and conserve these animals in their native habitat. To reach our conservation goals, a fundraising initiative is being developed not only to reach zoo visitors, but also to partner with Zoo School to help raise awareness among children.
The donations received from the campaign will be administered by the Red Panda Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the Panda's habitat and educating the people of Nepal. The Edmonton Valley Zoo looks forward to working with this organization for the next several years and to also create a greater awareness and appreciation for Red Pandas and their habitat amongst our visitors. Donations are graciously accepted and can be made by contacting the Edmonton Valley Zoo at 780-496-7396.
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Edmonton Valley Zoo
13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7