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Greensboro Science Center Gets Red Panda

6:43 PM, Mar 27, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- The Greensboro Science Center welcomed a red panda into its animal family.

The one-year-old, red panda named Taiji traveled from the Red River Zoo in North Dakota to Greensboro on Wednesday. 

Taiji must first undergo a health inspection before he moves into his new home. He's being cared for at the science center's animal hospital and will remain in quarantine until renovations are complete on the old Lorikeet Exhibit which he'll call home.

So what's on the menu for a red panda? Well, the science center expects Taiji to eat a large amount of their bamboo supply. But he can also eat mushrooms, roots, nuts, eggs and occasionally insects and fish.

The Greensboro Science Center is the only organization selected to showcase the rare animal. According to a news release, red pandas are an endangered species because of very few births yearly.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says, threats to red pandas include poaching, habitat destruction, and fragmentation. They classify red pandas as vulnerable species.

You'll be able to see Taiji at the Greensboro Science Center by the end of April. For more information, visit the Greensboro Science Center website.

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