Ash the Red Panda

Fri 9th February

A New Star at Hertfordshire Zoo

In the heart of Hertfordshire, a delightful new arrival has captured the hearts of visitors and animal enthusiasts alike. Ash, a charming red panda, has made a significant journey from the Welsh Mountain Zoo to his new home here at Hertfordshire Zoo. 

Ash’s relocation from the Welsh Mountain Zoo to Hertfordshire Zoo is more than just a simple move. It symbolises the ongoing efforts in wildlife conservation and is part of the Endangered Species Breeding Programme. Red pandas, known for their distinctive reddish-brown fur and bushy tails, are an Endangered species, making Ash’s arrival an event of considerable significance for conservationists and animal lovers alike.

By bringing Ash to Hertfordshire, the zoo not only provides a safe and nurturing environment for him but also raises awareness about red pandas in the wild. Through educational programs and interactive exhibits, the zoo aims to inspire visitors to take an active role in conservation efforts.

The arrival of Ash at Hertfordshire Zoo is a beacon of hope for the future of red pandas. Being part of the Endangered Species Breeding Programme, the zoo plays a crucial role in the efforts to preserve these magnificent animals for generations to come. Ash’s presence at the zoo serves as a reminder of the beauty of wildlife and the importance of conservation efforts.

The mainly solitary species red pandas, are classed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Human exploitation of forest resources and fragmentation has caused a 50% decline in the species over the last 20 years, leaving approximately only 2,500 remaining in the wild. Both Tilly and Ash at Hertfordshire Zoo will continue to act as ambassadors for their wild counterparts, helping to educate the public and raising awareness for the species. 

You can visit Ash and Tilly on your next visit to Hertfordshire Zoo.



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