Binghamton Zoo Welcomes Baby Red Panda
Zhin-Li, a red panda, was born at the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park on June 18.
Zoo officials announced the birth on Thursday, saying the young cub weighs about two pounds and is thriving.
Zoo executive director Steven Contento says a female panda also born with Zhin-Li did not survive.
Speaking on WNBF Radio’s Binghamton Now, Contento said Zhin-Li has made it past the 30-day mark which is critical for red pandas born in captivity.
Contento said the new cub’s name means “treasure.”
Zhin-Li may not be viewable directly by zoo visitors for two or three months because he’s expected to spend most of his time in one of two nesting boxes with his mother.
A camera has been installed so visitors should occasionally catch a glimpse of the cub on a video monitor.
Contento said everyone at the zoo was excited about the arrival of Zhin-Li. He said: “We’re just tickled pink!”