We’re very excited to announce a new arrival – a mate for Meili our Red Panda. We’ve got our fingers crossed the new pair will breed.


Meili (meaning beautiful one in Chinese) arrived as a youngster from Whipsnade Zoo in autumn 2013. Since arriving, she has become quite a star, creeping down her Oak tree for treats during the Red Panda Talk, while keepers explain how they live how they are becoming more vulnerable in the wild. Now fully mature, we’re pleased to announce she’s getting a mate and we hope the pair will breed (fingers crossed).


EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquarium), manages the European Zoo Stud Book which allocates Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens). We’ve delighted to announce that a young male called Charu arrived from Dublin Zoo just yesterday. We’ve been patiently waiting for this day for years!


Red Panda at LDWLP

Charu is getting used to his new surroundings and is quietly being introduced to Meili. For the first few days he will be in his own space, but when they get used to seeing each other, they will then share the oak tree and the enclosure – fingers crossed it goes well, visitors at half term will be able to watch progress.  We’ll update you as soon as we have pictures of Charu out and about.