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Meet Scarlet: Baby red panda now living in Holtzman Wildlife Foundation Red Panda Forest habitat at Detroit Zoo

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Posted at 2:17 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 14:17:05-05

A baby red panda has made her public debut at the Detroit Zoo and is now living in the Holtzman Wildlife Foundation Red Panda Forest, the Detroit Zoological Society announced Thursday.

Scarlet was born in July to mother, Ash. According to the DZS, she is the 25th red panda born at the Detroit Zoo since 1999.

“It’s really exciting to see Scarlet learn from Ash how to be a red panda. This involves a lot of dramatic tree climbing maneuvers,” said Scott Carter, chief life sciences officer for the Detroit Zoological Society, in a press release.

The DZS says the number of red pandas in the wild are decreasing due to habitat loss, poaching and the illegal pet trade. Red pandas are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.