Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will be the temporary home for “Rochan,” a 16-month-old male Red panda. Rochan’s home exhibit at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, MA, is undergoing renovations that require him to relocate for a limited time. He is expected to reside at Connecticut’s only zoo at least through Spring 2016 and guests will find him near the exit of the South American Rainforest Exhibit.
“We couldn’t be happier to host Rochan while his digs are being upgraded,” explained Gregg Dancho, director, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. “Like with any home renovation, we don’t have a set timeframe that he’ll be with us so we’re encouraging people to come see him sooner than later. You don’t miss this opportunity!”
Hailing from the Himalayas and the mountain ranges of southwest China, Red pandas resemble raccoons and prefer colder climates. They are solitary animals and are nocturnal by nature. As an adult, Rochan, which means “bright” in India, is expected to weigh 10-12 lbs. Like their larger and better-known black and white cousins, Red pandas primarily eat bamboo but will occasionally eat fruits, berries, young leaves, and certain tree bark.
Red pandas are vulnerable in the wild, with fewer than 10,000 adult Red pandas in existence. As a result, they are a part of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species Survival Program (SSP), which managed specific, typically threatened or endangered species populations.
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is closer than you think and open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adult admission (ages 12 & older) is $14.00.
NEW PRICES: children (ages 3 -11) and senior admission (62 and older) is just $11.00, and children under 3 years old are free. Zoo members also are admitted free. Parking at the Zoo is free of charge.
About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
Unplug and explore Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo! Connecticut’s only zoo features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Visitors won’t want to miss our Giant anteaters, Amur (Siberian) tigers, Brazilian ocelot, Red wolves, and Golden Lion tamarins. Other highlights include our South American rainforest with free-flight aviary, the prairie dog exhibit with “pop-up” viewing areas, the New England Farmyard with goats, cows, pigs, sheep, and other barnyard critters, plus the hoofstock trail featuring bison, pronghorn, deer, and more. Visitors can grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a ride on our colorful carousel. For more information, visit beardsleyzoo.org