Colchester Zoo is excited to announce the arrival of two red panda cubs born on the 18th June!  Mum Liwei is very experienced with the 2 new arrivals being her 3rd litter with male panda An An. The animal care team had noticed Liwei spending more time in her nest box on the 17th June so were aware that the birth was imminent, upon arriving to check on the pandas on the morning of the 18th June they were delighted to see that two little fluffy red cubs had safely arrived and were snuggled together.

Liwei is being very attentive to the cubs giving them all the care they require to grow and develop into healthy young pandas. Red panda cubs’ development is quite slow as they open their eyes after 18 days and tend not to emerge from their nest until they are about 10-12 weeks old, so it will be some time before they start to explore their home.

Liwei and An An’s last cub, Iniya, left Colchester Zoo in April to live at Thrigby Hall in Yarmouth and one of Liwei’s 2013 cubs went to Wingham Wildlife Park in 2014 where she successfully bred, giving birth to twin males in 2015! We are delighted that An An and Liwei are such a successful breeding pair as each birth is extremely important to the species as Red pandas are classified as Endangered on the ICUN Red List.

Did you know?! Although the Red pandas’ scientific name means ‘fire-coloured cat’, the red panda actually shares more similarities with bears and racoons!

Keep an eye out for more information on our young cubs as they continue to grow healthy and strong! Please note that our red panda cubs are not currently visible, check back soon for further updates as they develop.

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