Welcome, Justin! New red panda at Hellabrunn

Miu, the female red panda, now has a new companion in her enclosure.

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Marc Müller

Copyrightt: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Marc Müller

The two red pandas look down curiously from their branches and observe their surroundings. Justin, the newly arrived male red panda, is now happily settled in his new enclosure and gets along well with his companion Miu. The two even share the same tree where they sleep and eat. While Miu curls up into her bushy tail, Justin climbs down the tree to tuck into some fresh bamboo leaves. Justin was born on 22 June 2016 at Safaripark Beekse Bergen in the Netherlands. He is therefore still a juvenile. For this reason, it is not expected that the pair will produce an offspring before two years. Under the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP), the aim is for the two red pandas to breed cubs.

Red pandas, also known as “goldhund” (gold dog) or "firefox" (as seen on the Mozilla browser logo), are mostly active from dusk til dawn and spend most of the day sleeping in tree tops. Native to the mountain forests of Asia, their population has dramatically declined due to deforestation and poaching. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists the red panda as endangered. There are 10,000 individuals remaining in the high forests of the Himalayas.

Hellabrunn Zoo has teamed up with Sana Kliniken Solln Sendling GmbH to support the Red Panda Network in Nepal, which is committed to the protection and conservation of the red panda in their natural habitat as well as environmental education of the local population.

Justin and Miu can be visited from 9 am to 5 pm every day at Hellabrunn Zoo. The red panda enclosure is situated between the Tao Garden and the Jungle World.