Chester Zoo welcomes Red Panda Koda

Footage: Chester Zoo / Edited by Red Pandazine

One-year-old male Red Panda Koda is the new companion for female Nima at Chester Zoo in England.

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Koda was born at Paradise Park in Cornwall. Photo: Chester Zoo

He moved from Paradise Park in Cornwall and arrived on 6 June at his new stay.

Koda and Nima are genetically well matched and have been slowly introduced to one another by the Chester Zoo’s expert team.

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Koda is the ideal genetic pairing for female Red Panda Nima. Photo: Chester Zoo

“Although slightly shy at the beginning, he soon built up enough confidence to introduce himself to our resident female, Nima – which is a really encouraging sign”, says Tim Rowlands, Curator of Mammals at Chester Zoo. He and the staff hopes that Koda and Nima will provide offspring in the future.

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At first Koda was a little bit shy. Photo: Chester Zoo

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On Chester Zoo’s official website

Paradise Park has a video of young Koda on YouTube