Baby Red Panda Finds New Home in Central Park Zoo

Monday, Aug 15, 2011  |  Updated 2:10 PM EDT
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Julie Larsen Maher

Biru, a 1-year-old red panda, now calls the Central Park Zoo home.

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An adorable 1-year-old red panda named Biru now calls the Central Park Zoo home.

Biru recently joined his female companion, Amaya, in the Temperate Territory of the zoo.

Red pandas are endangered due to habitat loss caused by deforestation for timber, fuel, and agricultural use. It is estimated that fewer than 2,500 remain in the wild.

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx, Prospect Park, and Central Park Zoos all work with the Species Survival Plan for red pandas.

If you want to see Biru, visit the Central Park Zoo, open daily. General Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $7 for children 3 to 12, and free for children younger than 3 years old.

Zoo hours are 10 a.m to 5:30 p.m., April through October, and 10 a.m. to 4:30pm daily, November through April.

Tickets are sold until one half-hour before closing.
 

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