Each year, the third Saturday of September (September 21, this year) is celebrated as International Red Panda Day. The Red Panda Network coordinates this event to raise awareness about the importance of saving this unique animal. Currently, red pandas are classified as a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
The Greensboro Science Center is home to the only red panda in an accredited zoo in North Carolina. Taiji (affectionately nicknamed Tai by keepers) came to the Center in March of this year and is on exhibit in Animal Discovery Zoo. In an effort to encourage folks to learn more about Tai and his fellow red pandas, we’d like to share the Red Panda Network’s Red Panda Ranger program. By participating in a series of activities, children can earn an official Red Panda Ranger certificate and badge!
PLEASE SHARE: Once you earn your Red Panda Ranger badge, please take a picture of yourself sporting your badge or certificate and share it on our Facebook page. We’d love to see photos of this year’s Red Panda Rangers!
Additionally, we are pleased to announce that the GSC will be hosting its own International Red Panda Day celebration on Saturday, September 21 from 10 AM to 4 PM. During this time, we will be hosting educational activities including special Keeper talks/training demos at Taiji’s exhibit, activity sheets for kids, a red panda canvas painting raffle (tickets on sale for $2 in the gift shop), fun facts, and more. Please join us for this very special event! All raffle proceeds will benefit the Red Panda Network.