The oldest Red Panda in captivity, Taylor from ZooMontana (USA), has died at the age of 21 – exactly one day before the record was officially announced by Guinness World Records, which confirmed the record with a certificate a few days earlier.
“Although these losses are never easy, we are honored that Taylor’s legacy will forever remain in the record books thanks to generosity of Guinness World Records. His wonderful years will remain in our memories and in our stories for generations to come”, said ZooMontana’s Executive Director, Jeff Ewelt. “Every day with Taylor was a gift.”
According to Zookeepers, Taylor was slowing down and completely blind. He was able to navigate his habitat quite well thanks to both his sense of smell and partner Zoe’s willingness to guide him.