Darwin’s foxes could help Red Pandas

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A Darwin’s fox in Chile. Fernando Bórquez Bórquez from Castro, Chile, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Buin Zoo in Chile is hosting Red Pandas for the first time in its history. The pair Popo and Ichiha moved from Nifrel Park in Japan to the zoo south of the Chilean capital Santiago de Chile. Both are 6 years old. Yesterday, Thursday, December 3, 2020, they were presented.

With the move, Buin Zoo is now also participating in a species conservation program for Red Pandas. The zoo already has experience in a project for Darwin’s foxes, in which the animals’ susceptibility to diseases such as canine distemper was investigated. This project will now also benefit the Red Pandas, for which this disease is also a threat.

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On the website of Buin Zoo (in Spanish).