The Lincoln Children's Zoo proudly welcomed a new baby red panda into its family on Sunday.
The following is a press release from the zoo:
The Lincoln Children’s Zoo is holding a baby shower on August 1 for the many animals born this Zoo season. This event will feature Ezra, a shetland pony and Yopno and Kuna, the twin Matschie’s tree kangaroos, whose news of their birth circled the globe as they are the first ever documented case of twins to a Matschie’s tree kangaroo.
The Zoo is also pleased to announce that on July 19, a red panda cub was born! This red panda has required being hand fed every three hours by the Zookeepers as its mother is unable to produce enough milk to care for the cub.
The Zoo anticipates the cost of raising all of these babies will reach $35,000.
The public is invited to attend the baby shower between 11 a.m.–1 p.m. on August 1 at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. A monetary donation (minimum of $1 per person) is required to enter the shower, held in the air-conditioned Camelot Commons Education Center, located in ZooVille Square. Inside, attendees will enjoy crafts, hands-on learning experiences, a slideshow of the joey’s growth and much more. This event is sponsored by BryanLGH Medical Center and Drs. Gene Stohs and Debra Placek from the Women’s Health Care Center in Williamsburg Village.
The public is encouraged to send a special gift by visiting the Zoo’s baby shower registry at www.lincolnzoo.org. There visitors will find a selection of gifts for the kangaroos and the red panda. From food to enrichment toys, the registry is an exciting way for you to celebrate their births and support the research surrounding these rare and endangered animals.
The Zoo is also offering a special red panda adoption for $50 that allows four people to watch the small cub being fed. “An animal adoption is a wonderful way to make a personal connection with an animal that can impact them for years to come,” said John Chapo, President/CEO of the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. “Adoptions provide an opportunity to talk with the Zookeeper and learn firsthand about that animal and the care we provide them.”
The Lincoln Children’s Zoo was established 44 years ago. One of only four children’s zoos in the country, the Lincoln Children’s Zoo’s mission is “to enrich lives through firsthand interaction with living things.” Recently, Parent Magazine ranked the zoo among the top 25 zoos for kids. The Zoo continues to create an engaging environment for children in our community, while receiving no financial support from the city, county or the state. For more information on membership, weekly events, parties and giving opportunities, visit www.lincolnzoo.org.