Denver Zoo bids farewell to red panda cubs Lali and Masu

Posted at 12:33 PM, Apr 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-16 14:35:30-04

DENVER – Two incredibly cute red pandas born at the Denver Zoo last summer are leaving home and stepping into a new world.

To say goodbye, the Denver Zoo held a “going away party” Friday with added enrichment for the cubs and a goodbye card outside their habitat that guests were able to sign.

Lali and Masu are being moved under recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium (ZA) Species Survival Plan (SS), which “ensures healthy populations and generic diversity among zoo animals.”

While both cubs will be moving to new homes, their adult parents will remain at the Denver Zoo, officials said.

The cubs’ exact move dates have not been specified.

About red pandas

Red pandas are native to Asia and are most commonly found in Nepal, India, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. Like giant pandas, red pandas eat large amounts of bamboo daily. 

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