• Red panda makes debut at Tulsa Zoo


    TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa Zoo officials announced Wednesday that a new resident is moving into the Lost Kingdom exhibit.

    Bo, a 2-year-old red panda, first came to Tulsa in May from Brooklyn's Prospect Park Zoo. He's been living in a climate-controlled home while zookeepers waited for the weather to cool.

    The red panda will share an exhibit with the binturongs. Because red pandas are cold-weather animals and binturongs live in warm weather, they will trade places depending on the season.

    Here are facts from the Tulsa Zoo about red pandas:

    • Red pandas use their tails for balance, camouflage and warmth.
    • Their characteristic tear-drop marking and white eyebrows provide camouflage and glare reduction.
    • Red pandas are naturally solitary. Much of a red panda’s life is spent in trees; much of their day is spent foraging for bamboo.
    • They have an extended wrist bone that is used like a thumb both for grasping bamboo leaves and for controlling their descent from trees.

    Red pandas are an endangered species, according to officials with the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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