Animals Up Close: Red Panda


It’s time once again for “Animals Up Close” inside the exhibits at the Oglebay Good Zoo.  

We’re headed to Asia for a visit with the red pandas. They’re an endangered species, but very popular with the zoo’s visitors and they have a brand new exhibit to run around in. 

You can’t help but be captivated by the rust colored fur and sweet faces of Amber, Junji and Hamlet. 

Curator of Animals Mindi White told the Animals Up Close winners that the red panda’s fur is two inches thick, because it’s cold where they live in the mountains of Nepal, China, Tibet, and India

Red pandas also use their tails to keep warm, wrapping it around themselves like a blanket or scarf.

These animals are expert climbers, and their fur comes in handy in the trees as well. 

“When these guys are up in the tree, there’s actually a moss up in the trees where they’re from that actually has this gorgeous rust or red color to it, so it helps them camouflage a little bit up in the trees,” White explained. 

For Alyssa, Austin and Ryanne Ebbert though they were in full view.

“I think they really liked me and I like how they just come up, sniff you and then start eating out of your hand,” Ryanne said. 

The Ebbert kids got to feed this red panda trio a few of their favorites. 

“I think they just like the grapes,” Alyssa said. But they also eat bamboo and apples. 

Amber is the oldest of the tree at age 15 and Junji and Hamlet are younger. Hamlet is also the newest addition to the red pandas at the Oglebay Good Zoo. 

When you come to visit, you may catch them napping. 

“They walk slow and they eat slow too,” Austin said. 

They can still be a quick if they want to. 

 “Hamlet is the fastest. Junji can scoot though too. He’s not too old yet,” White said. 

The Oglebay Good Zoo is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekends. 

You can also schedule an up-close encounter with animals like the red pandas by calling 304-243-4100 or visit their website by clicking here

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