Red Panda Cub To Make Public Debut

MEDIA RELEASE
July 13, 2022

CONTACT INFORMATION
Bekah Robinson
336-288-3769 x1305
rrobinson@greensboroscience.org

GREENSBORO, NC — Ravi, the red panda cub born at the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) on June 20, will be moved to the Shearer Animal Hospital on Thursday, July 14, 2022, where he will be visible to GSC guests through a window.

Members of the media working on assignment are invited to interview members of Ravi’s care team and take photos and video of the cub from 8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. on Thursday. The opening of the Shearer Animal Hospital to the public will be delayed until 9:15 a.m.

Ravi, 22 days old

Kelly Rauch, Red Panda String Lead, says, “Ravi will be located in an incubator until he is larger and mobile enough to be housed in a modified pack-n-play.”

In addition to viewing the cub through the window, guests are invited to watch feedings. Although feeding times are subject to change with little to no notice, they are currently scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Rauch says, “He is a very fast eater so feedings will not be very long but we will have an educator answering questions at that time. As he ages and is awake longer, there will be more opportunities for visitors to see the panda team interacting with him.”

Ravi is the first successful red panda cub birth at the GSC. He was born to Usha (female) and Tai (male), a pair recommended for breeding by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) Program. He is currently being hand-reared by the GSC’s animal care team.

“The decision to hand-rear was made in conjunction with the SSP coordinators due to Usha’s history,” said Jessica Hoffman, the GSC’s VP of Animal Care and Welfare. “Pandas in both the wild and in human care unfortunately occasionally kill their cubs – something Usha has done in the past. This was a risk we did not want to take.”

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