Paignton Zoo is putting the chance to name a red panda on eBay
Paignton Zoo is calling for people to help name name a red panda on eBay. People can bid for the right to select a winner from a shortlist of names.
Kathy O’Neill, from the zoo, said: “I think there will be a lot of interest, as red pandas are incredibly beautiful animals. This is a first for Paignton Zoo. We are always looking for new and fun ways of raising money for the charity. We will supply a certificate, so it would make a wonderful Christmas gift for an animal lover.”
The keepers have drawn up a list of names, including Renshu, Rui, Radu, Rafael, Raja, Ramdas, Ramesh, Ramiro, Randolph, Ravi, Remon, Ruben, Rufus and Renzo. The cub was born in the summer and can now be seen out and about in the enclosure.
Pop along to the Paignton Zoo eBay page and along with the right to choose the name, the winning bidder will receive a red panda adoption and a cuddly red panda toy.
Neil Bemment, curator of mammals at Paignton Zoo, said: “The red panda is classed as Vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which means it is facing a high risk of extinction in the wild. This is a great way of raising awareness for this species.”
The red or lesser panda comes from the mountains of Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar and Nepal. It lives in high altitude forest and eats bamboo shoots, grass, roots, fruit, acorns and occasionally mice and birds. It has fur on the pads of its paws to help keep heat in and to prevent it slipping on wet or snowy surfaces.
Father Randy is 3 years old and came to Paignton from Dortmund Zoo in Germany in September 2008. Mother Mandy is 6 and came from Dublin Zoo in January 2008.
Females have one or two young after a gestation period of 90 to 150 days (the longer period is when the fertile egg lies dormant). The young stay with the mother until they are one year old.