BLOOMINGTON, Ill -- An endangered Red Panda is the latest arrival at Miller Park Zoo. '
A 1-year old female from the National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center joins the 3-year old male at Miller Park Zoo to establish a breeding pair.
"The Red Panda stands out in many ways with distinctive coat coloring," Miller Park Zoo Superintendent Jay Tetzloff says. "Most animals have a light-colored underside but the Red Pandas have a blacking color coat on the underside and a lighter coat on top."
According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Red Pandas are "highly endangered," a distinction given to the species since 1988. Deforestation in China and Nepal has been shrinking the natural habitat of the Red Panda.
During the summertime, the best time to see the Red Panda is in the morning, when they are most active. The Miller Park Zoo opens to guests at 9:30 am.