Zookeepers Hand-Rear Baby Red Panda

The zookeepers at Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Lincoln, Nebraska are hand-rearing a baby red panda. The little red panda, named Lincoln, was born in July. Zookeepers separated him from his mother after he developed a wound and she was unable to care for him. The keepers will bottle-feed Lincoln and care for him until he is ready to join red pandas his own age at another zoo.

View a video of Lincoln here:

In the wild, red pandas inhabits the Himalayas and southwestern China. They are considered vulnerable of extinction by the IUCN Redlist due to habitat loss and poaching.

Learn more about Lincoln the red panda at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo website.

Rare Tree Kangaroo Twins Born at Nebraska Zoo

Milla, Matschie's tree kangaroo with twinsTwo Matschie’s tree kangaroos were born at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Nebraska in December 2008. Pictured here is mother Milla with the babies in her pouch. Zoo officials expect to see the twins’ heads poking out of the pouch in May 2009.

The pair of twins was a welcome surprise as Matschie’s (or Huon) tree kangaroos are endangered. In the wild, they inhabit high elevations of the island of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

For more information, see:
AP’s “Rare tree kangaroo species has twins at Neb. zoo”

Lincoln Children’s Zoo – Matschie’s tree kangaroo