Buffalo Zoo hopes new red panda will become breeding partner

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Buffalo Zoo is saying hello to a new red panda.

The 11-month-old female, Himalaya, has already settled into her new home in the Queen City after coming here from the Greenville Zoo in South Carolina.

Her move was part of the Association of Zoo and Aquariums Species Survival Plan for red pandas, which are considered endangered. The hope is that she and Mogwai, the zoo’s three-year-old male red panda, will become breeding partners.

“She is an adorable ambassador for her species, which is in danger of extinction,” Buffalo Zoo President and CEO Lisa Smith said. “Himalaya will help us raise awareness about the vital importance of conservation and our role in saving wildlife.”

Anyone who wants to see Himalaya can visit the zoo’s Vanishing Animals North section.

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