It’s That Time of the Year Again: Red Panda Births in Zoos

Photo: Erlebnis-Zoo Hannover

There are many indications that Red Pandas give birth to their offspring depending on the length of the day.

Winter is considered the mating season, pregnancy falls in the food-rich spring, and in summer, when environmental conditions are most favorable, the cubs are born.

Since summer and winter in the Southern and Northern Hemispheres are time-shifted, this also affects the births of Red Pandas in zoos. In the zoos of the Southern Hemisphere, offspring are born in December/January. In the Northern Hemisphere, on the other hand, the time of panda births has begun again in June.

You can find an overview of this season’s Red Panda babies here – this list will be updated until the end of August 2022:

Germany

Female Red Panda Zayah has provided for double offspring at the Tierpark Görlitz in Germany. If you include the two brothers, then a total of 22 Red Pandas have already been born in this zoo. [Tierpark Görlitz

Photo: www.zoo-goerlitz.de, M. Zehender

Tierpark Berlin is also happy about the birth of Red Panda twins. Red Panda Shine (8) gave birth to them in her den. Father is the 7-year-old Joel. The panda parents came to Berlin in February 2020 from the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling, India, on the recommendation of the worldwide conservation breeding program. This is now the third time they have provided for offspring here. [Tierpark Berlin]

Photo: Tierpark Berlin

On 10 June, Red Panda Fine gave birth to two cubs at Erlebnis-Zoo Hannover in Germany. For her and her partner Flin it is the first offspring ever. Fine moved to the Adventure Zoo last summer, Flin has been living here since 2019. [Erlebnis-Zoo Hannover]

Photo: Erlebnis-Zoo Hannover
The Netherlands

At Diergaarde Blijdorp in Rotterdam, Kwina gave birth to two Red Panda cubs a few weeks ago. [Diergaarde Blijdorp]

Video: Diergaarde Blijdorp
Canada

A Red Panda was born at Toronto Zoo – only the third birth in 25 years. Mother is the four-year-old Paprika. [Toronto Zoo]

Video: Toronto Zoo

Poland

In the zoo of Chorzów in Poland Lasya and Ping have again provided for new offspring. [Zoo Chorzów – Facebook]

USA

A female Red Panda cub has been born at the Milwaukee County Zoo. For the parents, Dr. Erin and Dash, this is the third offspring in a row. [Milwaukee County Zoo – Facebook]

Video: Milwaukee County Zoo

Panda couple Usha and Tai have provided the first Red Panda birth at the Greensboro Science Center in North Carolina. The cub is named Ravi and is being raised by humans. Panda mother Usha has a history of killing a cub – a behavior that can occur in the wild as well as in zoos. [Greensboro Science Center Blog]

Ravi was taken to a veterinary clinic in mid-July, where it can also be seen by zoo visitors. [Greensboro Science Center Blog]


Red Panda Kashmir gave birth to cubs Zhúzi and Sundara at the Kansas City Zoo. [Kansas City Zoo – Twitter]