We may find the winter winds and snow frightful, but for red pandas Asa and Chris-Anne, the cold couldn’t be more delightful! Our firefoxes are big fans of frosty weather, thanks to some amazing (and adorable) adaptations—like fuzzy feet! Get to know our pandas’ personalities and insider tips on the best times to spot them from Asia Trail keeper Mariel Lally.
What are Asa and Chris-Anne’s personalities like?
Asa is very bold and clever! Throughout her time at the Zoo, she has lived with four red pandas. With the arrival of each new habitat-mate, Asa seems to be the “panda in charge.” She is always the first to shift outside for fresh food, as well as the first to participate in husbandry training sessions. Asa has unique relationships with each of her keepers and is quick to catch on to new training behaviors. We have to keep on our toes, or she will try to ‘outsmart’ us! Asa is a master at puzzle feeders and figures out how to retrieve treats—even from toys she has never seen before—in a flash.
Chris-Anne has lived at the Zoo for a little over a year, but she is still very curious about her environment and those around it. When it comes to investigating something new, Chris-Anne tends to be more reserved than Asa, allowing her to take the lead while she takes her time to assess the situation from afar. She has a quirky side and has interacted with keepers and the habitat in ways no other red panda has before. Chris-Anne seems to enjoy people-watching from the window in their indoor habitat.