Fota Wildlife Park welcomes the birth of three critically endangered red panda cubs

By Katy Thornton

August 4, 2023 at 10:07am


And they are in need of names.

Fota Wildlife Park has welcomed three new members to their resort, these absolutely adorable red panda cubs.

The new arrivals were born in early June to their mother Laxmi and father Grga, and the red panda cubs (one male and two female) are in need of names. Once again, Fota comes to the public for helping with naming them and if you think you've got the perfect one, you can submit it on their website.

The cubs are from the fulgen subspecies of red panda, and are critically endangered.

On the Fota website, they say this of the red panda species:


"It is thought that there may be as few as 2,500 mature individuals remaining in the wild. Recent estimates suggest that there has been a 50% decrease in numbers over the last 20 years alone.  The successful birth of the Red panda cubs at Fota highlights the importance of Fota Wildlife Park’s participation in the international breeding programme for many species that are endangered or threatened in the wild."

Fota Wildlife Park has officially been in operation for 40 years, and has long supported the Red Panda Forest Guardian Project in Nepal which is dedicated to conserving the Red panda in their natural habitat.

Header images via Instagram / Fota Wildlife Park via Darragh Kane Photography


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