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Red Panda Cubs Make Their Debut at Memphis Zoo

 

MEMPHIS, TENN. - Red panda cubs "Justin" and "Lucille" have made their debut on exhibit in The Commercial Appeal Cat Country. The pair has been hand-raised in the Zoo's hospital since late this summer and can now be seen by the public for the first time.

Justin was born July 1 in Memphis to "Ryo" and "Pele" who have since been moved to other institutions. Lucille was born on June 21 and transferred from the Bronx Zoo as part of a recommendation of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) in September.

"We are so excited to introduce this pair to our visitors," said Matt Thompson, Memphis Zoo Director of Animal Programs. "Justin and Lucille have gained quite the following through Facebook, so I know our patrons will be excited to see them on exhibit."

Justin and Lucille can be seen in the serval exhibit, to the left as you enter Cat Country. The servals have been temporarily moved off exhibit.

For more information visit www.memphiszoo.org www.facebook.com/memphiszoo.

About the Memphis Zoo Red Pandas
The Memphis Zoo is home to three red pandas, Justin, Lucille and Pistol Pete. The Memphis Zoo has kept red pandas in the collection since 1994, one year after Cat Country opened.

About the Memphis Zoo
The Memphis Zoo, located in Memphis, Tenn., is home to more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. Recently named as one of the top five zoos in the country by TripAdvisor(r), the Memphis Zoo has completed over $93 million in renovation and expansion since the early 1990s. The Zoo's animal inhabitants reside in one-of-a-kind exhibitry, such as Once Upon A Farm, Commercial Appeal Cat Country, Primate Canyon, Animals of the Night, Northwest Passage, Teton Trek and CHINA - home to giant pandas YaYa and Le Le. The Zoo was founded in 1906 and resides on 70 acres in the middle of Overton Park. The Memphis Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Memphis Zoo, YaYa and Le Le are trademarks of the Memphis Zoo.

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Posted by Zoo Info at 2:03 PM

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