Beardsley Zoo opens new habitat for 2 red pandas

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Two red pandas at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport have some roomier new living quarters.

The red pandas, Rochan and Meri, have a new habitat that includes air conditioning and an outdoor yard with open viewing for visitors.

The zoo opened the new habitat to the public on Saturday. The building was made possible by donations from Bob and Helen Natt of Easton, and monies raised by donations from the Werth Family Foundation. 

Red pandas are slightly larger than domestic cats and have bear-like bodies with thick, reddish fur.

The zoo holds about 300 animals representing mainly North and South American species.

“The new habitat put animal welfare first, and gives the Red pandas free choice about whether to be outside or inside. Part of our Zoo’s mission is working to protect endangered species and to educate our guests about them”, said Beardsley Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. 

WEB EXTRA: Beardsley Zoo cuts ribbon on new Natt Family Red Panda Habitat

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