Celebrate International Red Panda Day with us!

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019

All donations received leading up to and on International Red Panda Day will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000 by a generous anonymous donor!

Friday, Sept. 20

12:30 p.m. – Join us for a Facebook live feed featuring our favorite redheads and learn more about their big day!

Saturday, Sept. 21

11 a.m. – Red panda enrichment at their exhibit in Primate Forest

2:30 p.m. – Red panda painting demo. Come see our girls create a work of art in their exhibit.

Throughout the day:
• Primate Forest – talk all things red pandas with Zoo volunteers and explore educational red panda activities.
• Nature’s Neighborhood– get creative with a red panda themed craft and coloring sheets.
• Mazza Gallery in the ProMedica Museum of Natural History – grab a book, stay awhile and enjoy red panda coloring sheets.
• Grab a bite to eat – 5% of all food sales support our red pandas on Sept 21!
• Check out The Bird Feeder, Café at the Museum and Timberline Bakery to enjoy red panda inspired treats like raspberry and strawberry Dole Whip and red velvet cake!
• Grab a cold one at the Beastro – 10% of all beer sales for the entire weekend will support our cause!
• Take a red panda memento home with you – North Star Gift Shop will feature red panda plush toys, t-shirts and more!

2018 Year in Review

Throughout the fall of 2018, we spread the word about raising up red pandas during Luminous Nights, our Giving Tuesday campaign and on our social media platforms.

During Luminous Nights, a portion of proceeds from beer sales at the new Beastro went toward our breeding facility fundraising. In the six weeks of the event we raised over $500. We also offered nightly keeper chats in front of the red panda exhibit to inform the public about our plans and answer any questions about our cute red-heads.

Next, we focused our annual Giving Tuesday fundraiser around the new breeding facility. In addition to videos and informational posts on our social media platforms, we also hosted two live feeds with our three resident red pandas, their keeper, Koral Stoddard and our curator of mammals, Michael Frushour. Our one-day campaign raised more than $2200.

We thank you for your support of this unique fundraising effort. We can’t wait to share all phases of this new facility that will hopefully result in baby red pandas with you in 2019 and beyond!

Picking Up Pandas

By Kim Haddix