LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – It was International Red Panda Day and Potter Park Zoo celebrated it on Sunday.
Zoo visitors were able to learn more about red pandas with activities like scavenger hunts for children. The money is expected to be raised for The Red Panda Network, which is a conservation organization in Nepal working to save red pandas in their habitat.
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There are only 10,000 red pandas in the wild, but their numbers are constantly increasing. Zoo officials told News 10 how people can learn to help the species of red panda.
Annie Marcum is the senior carnivore and primate keeper at Potter Park Zoo.
“We can vote with our wallets, we can be careful how we spend money responsibly,” Marcum said. “And that can be things like not buying things we don’t need and it can be things like supporting rainforest-approved items that we know are used from sustainable forests or ‘sustainable palm oil’.
The zoo said people can also help by not sharing videos online that claim wild animals are in a situation that puts them at risk.
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