It's a boy! (with photos)
Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park welcomes a baby red panda. Zhin-Li was born June 18 at the zoo. He currently weighs a little more than two pounds. It is the first baby of Mei-Li (mother) and Xiao-Li (father). The two were paired together as a part of the Red Panda Species Survival Plan. "Our male's eyes have opened. We assume he will be getting more active. Mom is doing her job though. She's very protective and often times these animals stay in the nest box often times for two to three months," said Steve Contento, Executive Director of the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park. Zhin-Li (meaning "treasure" may not be able to be seen for the two to three months that he's in the nesting box. Sentry Alarms installed a camera and a monitor to help with viewing. "Great Britain might have Prince George, but by gosh, we've got Zhin-li and I think that's a very royal event for our community. Everybody get out here and take a look at this baby and support the zoo," said Jean Levenson, President of Sentry Alarms. Contento said there are only around 175 red pandas in zoos nationwide and about 500 in zoos worldwide. "There's only a few thousand in the world in their native environments that are under pressure by deforestation and the animal themselves by hunting. We're very proud that our pair was able to contribute to the program," he said. Broome County declared the month of August as Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park month.