Red Pandas, Bridges and Forest- Oh My!
This just in! The Red Panda habitat at The Detroit Zoo is back in action and better than ever before! Before you get to the carousel, take a slight right at the American Coney Island and you can’t miss this “stu-pandas” experience! (See what I did there? Stupendous? Stu-pandas!)
The Detroit Zoo as the Holtzman Wildlife Foundation Red Panda Forest, as it is fully named, opened December 10th, 2018 to the public thanks to a generous donation from the foundation. The forest spans more than 14,000 square feet, making the habit more accommodating to the three red panda’s who call this forest home. The now-celebrity red pandas who live in the Holtzman Wildlife Foundation Red Panda Forest are male Ravi, born in 2016; female Ash, born in 2015; and female Ta-Shi, born in 2005.
A rope bridge extends 80 feet taking adventurous guests high through the trees in the red pandas’ habitat! Look at the few from the center of the bridge.
My almost-three-year-old could do the bridge with no problem as could I, so I’d say it is a great opportunity for varying ages and mobile abilities. We saw the pandas high up in the trees, so it was tough to snap a good picture of the fluffy, deep red bears, but the bridge is a fun feat either way! The natural elements including a stream and added grassy land for panda play time creates a beautiful backdrop. It’s as if you’re right in the forest with the pandas!
For those wishing to stay on land, you can surely spot one of the three pandas from the ground and still enjoy to the gorgeous landscape. The Detroit Zoological Society has really made an effort to support their Red Panda residents who are 3 of less than 10,000 red pandas in all the world. Be sure to take a look around the The Holtzman Wildlife Foundation Red Panda Forest at your next Detroit Zoo visit!