Beautiful and engaging, red pandas are classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. There may be fewer than 2,500 adult red pandas living in the wild today.
The National Zoo has been at the forefront of red panda conservation, developing new reproductive technologies that will preserve sperm and egg DNA for future breeding and reintroduction to the wild programs. More than 100 surviving cubs have been born at the Zoo's two campuses since 1962. Four were born in June 2011. Much still needs to be done to ensure the survival of this species and its future in the wild.
Adopt a red panda, celebrate the 2011 cubs, and help support conservation efforts at both the National Zoo's D.C. campus and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.