Smile! Peter meets Mei Mei in his new home at Marwell Zoo

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Happiness is a Red Panda: Peter at his new home at Marwell Zoo. Photo: Jason Brown

Three-year-old Red Panda Peter has moved from the Dutch Gaia Zoo to the Marwell Zoo in Hampshire (UK), where he joins the female Red Panda Mei Mei in a newly designed enclosure.

“Peter has settled in really well to his new home with Mei Mei. They don’t seem fazed by one another and Peter has done a lot of relaxing and snoozing, which is what we’d expected,” says Carrie Arnold, animal keeper at Marwell Zoo.

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A lot of things to explore for Peter. Photo: Jason Brown

The zoo hopes that the couple will be able to provide offspring in the future.

Mei Mei and Peter’s new enclosure features planted bamboo, thick low-lying bushes, coniferous and deciduous trees as well as climbing structures for the pandas to pass people overhead.

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Peter is only three years old, but already a hot contender for the most photogenic Red Panda of 2019. Photo: Jason Brown

The new home also has multi-level viewing windows, giving visitors a good chance to see the Red Pandas.


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