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Two red pandas coming to Hogle Zoo this spring

Utah's Hogle Zoo announced Wednesday that two red pandas are arriving this spring. (Photo: Hogle Zoo)

(KUTV) -- Utah's Hogle Zoo announced Wednesday that two red pandas are arriving this spring - 3 1/2-year-old male and the 7-year-old female.

The 42-acre zoo at the mouth of Emigration Canyon is constructing the red panda exhibit at the entrance to Asian Highlands, a dedicated central plaza with animal exhibits surrounded by rare cats of Asia.

The red panda exhibit is to be named after Janet Q. Lawson, a long-time donor and zoo board member.

Currently, the red pandas are located at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, AZ, and upon relocation to Salt Lake City is anticipated that they'll mate and produce offspring.

The zoo is soliciting donations from the public to help pay for the exhibit with a campaign called, Panda Partner.

Hogle Zoo provided facts about red pandas in a news release:

- Red Pandas are sometimes called "Firefox" or "lesser pandas"

- Red Pandas live in the mountainous areas of Nepal and southwestern China.

- Red Panda diet consists mostly of bamboo.

- Red Panda gestation is roughly 4 1/2 months and litters are typically two cubs.

- Red Pandas have thick fur over their entire body, even the soles of their feet to conserve body heat.


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