Staff at Drusillas Park, East Sussex are celebrating this week as their precious red panda babies turn one year old.
Mya and Anmar were born on 16 June 2014 and are the first of their kind to be born at Drusillas throughout the award-winning zoo’s 90 year history.
Since their arrival, the mixed sex twins have been getting to know the ropes alongside first time parents, Mulan and Tibao who were introduced in 2013 as part of a European Breeding programme.
Head Keeper, Mark Kenward is responsible for the red pandas at the zoo and works with them every day. He commented:
“I can’t believe it’s the pandas’ first birthday already. They have gone from being tiny cubs to fully grown adults in the space of twelve months.”
“Mya has grown into a confident young female who is keen to be around the keepers, similar to her mother. Anmar is more reserved like his dad but is very smart and learns quickly.”
“The twins spend a lot of time together and can often be found curled up in a nestbox, although they will still have a playful tussle from time to time.”
“To celebrate their birthday we will be giving them some of their favourite treats including a large helping of panda cake which I am sure they will enjoy. It’s a real pleasure to work with them every day and see how far they have come from the nervous little balls of fluff they were in the beginning.”
Located just off the A27 in Alfriston, Drusillas Park is open daily from 10am. For more information please telephone 01323 874100 or visit www.drusillas.co.uk