Red Panda Genome Project

To continue our Red Panda awareness month we are highlighting the work of a hands-on conservation organisation: The RED PANDA TRUST. Here is an extract from their website:

Red Panda Genome Project

The Red Panda has captured the hearts of many. Worldwide they have become the ‘face of cute and cuddly’. However this fame masks a terrible reality, the imminent extinction of the Red Panda. Red Pandas are critically endangered in their home range. Threatened by illegal hunting for their coats and mass deforestation. The current conservation situation for these handsome mammals is bleak and what is worse, we have no idea how many are left. The genetic portion of this project [Genome] will allow us to pin-point biodiversity hot-spots for Red Pandas globally as well as helping our anti hunting efforts. When a Red Panda skin is found its genetic material can be run through a data base which will identify the location where the Red Panda came from. This will allow us to understand where the majority of Red Panda hunting occurs. Without this information our research and conservation efforts are in vain, we need to know where these animals are still holding on, and where we can focus our conservation efforts.     Read more

The Red Panda is on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as Endangered. At Billabong Zoo we care for two Red Pandas and you have an opportunity to book an Up-close Personal Encounter.  Enter our Red Panda Photo competition for your chance to win an Encounter. http://billabongzoo.com.au/february-2017-red-panda-photo-competition-win-a-close-up-encounter-with-these-magnificent-creatures/  Entries close 28th February 2017.