A weekend of new arrivals at Zoo Atlanta
Friday, September 6, 2013
Lucky guests may get a peek at a new red panda and a 3-week-old rhino calf
As “pandamonium” continues in the wake of the births of the giant panda twins on July 15, 2013, two other new arrivals are making their debuts at Zoo Atlanta. Weekend guests may be treated to sightings of the rhino calf born to Andazi on August 17, 2013, and Idgie, a new red panda from the Cincinnati Zoo.
Idgie, a 6-year-old female, is currently getting settled in her new home in the Zoo’s Asian Forest. As the summer gives way to fall and winter, she is likely to be a Zoo resident who embraces a chill in the air. Her species is native to cool, mountainous parts of Asia, from the Himalayas to southern China. The red panda habitat also features an air-conditioned box she may choose to enjoy on warmer days.
Red pandas are not related to giant pandas, but the two species do share a few traits in common. Both dine largely on bamboo, and both have pseudothumbs for grasping their food. Red pandas are nocturnal and crepuscular, spending most of their days sleeping in trees. The species is classified as endangered, but its current status in the wild is unknown.
Idgie’s 3-week-old African neighbor, Andazi’s as-yet-unnamed male rhino calf, is also exploring new surroundings. Andazi and her firstborn currently have access to their exhibit and to and to an off-exhibit corral, and the protective new mother has been cautious about allowing her offspring to accompany her into new spaces. Members and guests should try for a glimpse between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., weather permitting.
Look for Idgie and the rhino calf this weekend. Visit zooatlanta.org for tickets and details on the Zoo’s animals, mission and programs.