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Newquay Zoo's much loved red panda off to Slovakia

Keepers at Newquay Zoo are bidding a fond farewell to their beloved baby red panda.

Credit: Newquay Zoo

Eight-month-old Hu, who was born at the zoo in November, is to go to Bojnice Zoo in Slovakia where he will join conservation efforts to save his species from extinction, staff say.

The red panda’s status on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species has been classified as “endangered. It's hoped that Hu will become part of a breeding pair.

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red pandas in zoos across the world, but numbers in the wild are unknown.

Hu was the first red panda that we have bred at Newquay Zoo and we were delighted when he was born, but we are even more pleased that he will now go on to hopefully become a father to his own offspring.

– John Meek, Newquay Zoo