Usha is Ready to Meet You
Red Panda Increases Cute Quotient at GSC
Images courtesy of Greensboro Science Center
The Greensboro Science Center (GSC) has expanded its red panda family by one. Tai, GSC's male red panda, has been getting to know his new mate since May 9. Usha, a female red panda, arrived on April 5 from Calgary Zoo in Alberta Canada. She is 10 months old and will celebrate her first birthday on July 15. On Wednesday, May 18, Tai was taken off exhibit so Usha could acclimate to her new home. On Friday, May 20, Tai joined Usha on exhibit for the very first time.
"Usha came in with a thick Canadian winter coat, so adjusting to our summer temperatures has been her biggest struggle," says Jessica Hoffman-Balder, the GSC's Curator of Birds and Mammals. "She started shedding out her coat almost immediately after her arrival. She has also had to adapt to some new foods, but settled into her new surroundings within a few days."
Usha, who looks very different from Tai with darker coloring throughout and a rounder face, has been a great addition to the GSC. She seems to have a smile on her face as she moves all around her new home. Her new keepers say she has a sweet personality and likes to investigate new things. Usha is very smart and participates in daily training sessions. Time will tell, but the hope is that Tai and Usha will falls in love with each other as much as GSC staff love them both.
For more information, including zoo hours when you can see Tai and his new friend Usha, visit greensboroscience.org.