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Red Panda at Miller Park Zoo Gives Birth

Post Date:09/17/2019 9:53 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                   

September 17, 2019

Contact: Jay Tetzloff, PRCA/Miller Park Zoo Director, 309/434-2250


There will be a Q & A and showing daily at 10 am


BLOOMINGTON, IL– Miller Park Zoo’s pair of red pandas, “Ernie” and “Masala,” are the proud parents of three cubs born at the facility on June 16th. The litter consists of one male and two females


The birth of these panda cubs is the first ever bred and born here at Miller Park Zoo. Right now, the cubs are spending time with mom, Masala, and will be introduced to dad, Ernie, once they are a little bit older.


A typical litter is one to four cubs, and the gestation period is 4 months. Surprisingly, red panda fossils have been discovered in North America that date as far back as 5 million years. Today, however, red pandas are only found in small, isolated mountain territories above 4,000 feet in China, Nepal, India, Bhutan, and Burma.


“We’re very excited to announce the birth of these red panda cubs,” explained Jay Tetzloff, Miller Park Zoo Director. “We’re all looking forward to watching them grow up, and with the species being endangered it is significant from a conservation standpoint.”


The cubs can be seen with their mother on exhibit starting today.


A new red panda exhibit is in Phase I of the Zoo’s Master Plan. The Miller Park Zoological Society is currently fundraising for implementation of the Plan.


For more information contact Jay Tetzloff at Miller Park Zoo, 309-434-2250.  Jay is available for interviews 10 am – 2 pm.