Rare Red Panda To Leave Lincoln Children's Zoo

"Lincoln", a rare red panda, at Lincoln Children's Zoo is moving to his new home at the Knoxville Zoo.

"Lincoln" became well known in the community after zookeepers discovered his mother was unable to care for him and needed to be hand-raised. He was moved to the Zoo's animal care center where he received 24 hour care from the zoo's professional animal staff in order for him to survive. "Lincoln" will be joining other hand-raised red pandas at the Knoxville Zoo to successfully socialize him with other pandas.

"The Lincoln Children's Zoo is very proud of it's extensive and successful record of breeding endangered species. Lincoln is one example of that success," said president and CEO, John Chapo.

Lincoln Children's Zoo is part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Program (SSP). AZA SSP cooperatively manage specific, and typically threatened or endangered, species population within AZA-accredited Zoos and Aquariums. Lincoln Children's Zoo takes part in the red panda SSP as well as numerous others. Lincoln Children's Zoo has had many successful red panda births in the past, including Rusty who is known for briefly escaping from the National Zoo.

Lincoln's parents, Duli and Sophia, will be on display at Lincoln Children's Zoo when the zoo opens for the 2014 year on April 9.