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Female red panda joins Potawatomi Zoo

Red panda Maiya (Photo courtesy of Potawatomi Zoo)

Red pandas Maiya and Xing-Xing (Photo courtesy of Potawatomi Zoo)

SOUTH BEND, Ind.—Potawatomi Zoo welcomed a new red panda named Maiya following a recommendation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Red Panda Species Survival Plan program.


The 3-year-old female joins 1.5-year-old male red panda, Xing-Xing.

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), red pandas are endangered, with less than 10,000 worldwide.

The two red pandas will temporarily reside between the chimpanzee and the kudu habitats.

The public may view the animals beginning November 25 through the end of the 2018 Zoo season and on 2019 winter days: January 19, February 2, 16, and March 2. The regular 2019 Zoo season begins on March 29.

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