Red Panda

Red Panda

Though their names are similar, the red panda and giant panda are only very distantly related by a common ancestor that can be traced back to tens of millions of years ago. Both species were identified as pandas as the word “panda” means “bamboo eater,” and bamboo is a primary part of both the red panda’s and the giant panda’s diet.

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The new baby patas monkey's name is ... Kasi!

Over 2,200 people voted for the name for our new baby patas monkey, who turns out to be a girl. The winning name is Kasi, meaning "speed" in Swahili. Cynthia Tynan of Oswego submitted this name because patas monkeys are the world's fastest primates!


A total of 2,217 votes came in during our onling vote, and Kasi won by a landslide!

The name received 1,479 votes, or 67 percent of the vote. The closest runner-up was Zuri, or "beautiful" in Swahili, which received 10 percent of the vote.

The new baby, born on September 16, is currently on exhibit in the Social Animals building with mother, Becca, father MJ and the rest of her patas monkey extended family.

Thanks to everyone who voted! 

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