ENDANGERED ADDITION. Kiki, a red panda, is seen in the panda
outdoor exhibit at the Milwaukee County Zoo on September 20,
2019, in Milwaukee. Kiki was born in June and is the second cub
for mother, Dr. Erin Curry, and father Dash. Red pandas are
considered to be endangered due to deforestation, poaching, and
trapping. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)
From The Asian Reporter, V29, #19 (October 7, 2019),
Milwaukee zoo visitors get first glimpse of
red panda cub
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The public received its first glimpse of the
new red panda cub at the Milwaukee County Zoo.
Kiki made her first public appearance in September. She was
born in June to father Dash and mother Dr. Erin Curry, who was
named after a Cincinnati Zoo reproductive physiologist.
The pair had their first cub in June of 2018, the first ever
born at the zoo. That panda, named Dr. Lily Parkinson, went to
the Nashville zoo in April.
In the wild, red pandas are found in the mountains of Nepal,
northern Myanmar, and central China.
They are considered to be endangered due to deforestation,
poaching, and trapping. Researchers estimate there are fewer
than 2,500 adult red pandas in the wild.
Milwaukee County Zoo supervisor Katie Kuhn says every birth
is important so that people can connect with and take steps to
help the animals.