<VIDEO> A Fluffy New Arrival in the Foot Safari

Say hello to Mali...

Animal Encounters have welcomed a new species to the Foot Safari, with the arrival of adorable 11-month-old Red panda, Mali. 

Mali came to Woburn from Bristol Zoo and she will soon be joined by two other female red pandas to form a bachelorette group in a new enclosure, named Himalayan Heights

The new Red panda enclosure can be seen next to Chelonia Pathways and Cachorro Range and comprises of viewing windows into the house, as well as a large outdoor area filled with roped ladders, shelves and a walkway for the pandas to travel right over visitors' heads!

 

Feeling at home...

Mali has settled in well and is already very confident with the keepers, coming out to say hello when she hears that its feeding time. Visitors are encouraged to keep an eye high up for Mali when visiting, as she tends to spend most of her time off the ground - something which is very common for the species.

Red panda originate from the Himalayas and are herbivores, mainly consuming bamboo, berries and blossoms. Red panda are endangered and it is approximated that there are less than 10,000 red panda left in the wild. Habitat destruction is the main threat facing this species, especially as the panda will spend the majority of their lives off the ground and up in trees away from predators. 

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Laura Ashton, Senior keeper in Animal Encounters, said: "All the keepers are extremely excited to welcome Mali to the Park and we we're so pleased that she is settling in so well. At the moment, Mali has very light-coloured fur, which is a sign of her age but this will get darker as she gets older."