In the heart of Blackpool lies a chance to make a global difference. The red panda adoption programme at Blackpool Zoo bridges the gap between animal enthusiasts and conservation. While the idea of having a red panda at home is fascinating, what if you could adopt one symbolically, ensuring its well-being and supporting broader conservation efforts?
How Can You Adopt a Red Panda?
Embarking on the adoption journey is simple and rewarding:
Choose from a variety of animals available for adoption at Blackpool Zoo. Browse our list to make your selection or click 'other' to receive more information about animals not listed.
Once you have selected the red panda, you can purchase the Adoption Package to receive your adoption certificate together with information about the red panda.
What Do You Receive When Adopting a Red Panda in Blackpool Zoo?
As a cherished adopter, Blackpool Zoo ensures you remain connected to the zoo and your adopted panda. With your 12-month adoption, you’ll receive a personalised certificate, two admission tickets to the zoo, an informative factsheet about your red panda, a “Thank You” letter and your name displayed on the adoption board at the zoo.
Red Panda: Main Characteristics and Interesting Facts
Despite sharing a name with one of the largest bear species, Red Pandas are more closely related to raccoons than to giant pandas, ringed tail included! In size, they are bigger than domestic cats, weighing between 5 and 9 kg and measuring 50 to 65 cm in length.
Just like giant pandas, their nutrition depends mostly on bamboo. Because of its low nutritional and energetic value, red pandas need to sleep for half of the day. To stay safe, they do so on tree branches that keep them up on the ground, away from predators.
Red pandas’ original habitat stretches south of the Himalayas, spanning from India to China, Nepal and Bhutan. However, due to industrialization and agriculture, their natural habitat is diminishing, classifying Red Pandas as an endangered species with only 10,000 specimens remaining in the wild.
Having a red panda as a pet is not permitted, but you can always come to Blackpool Zoo to watch them play and have fun with their peers. You might even see them climbing from one branch to another or eating bamboo. Did you know their paws have something similar to a thumb that allows them to climb and manipulate objects with ease? Find more interesting facts about red pandas here.
Why Choose Blackpool Zoo to Adopt a Red Panda
By adopting an animal at Blackpool Zoo, you’re not only engaging in symbolic adoption but also providing genuine support for wildlife conservation efforts.
Blackpool Zoo’s Involvement in Red Panda Conservation
Our commitment to red panda conservation goes beyond providing a home; we actively engage in international conservation projects. Your adoption directly contributes to initiatives aimed at preserving their natural habitats and adressing the challenges they face. See which wildlife protection associations we support here.
How Do Red Pandas Live in Blackpool Zoo
Animals at Blackpool Zoo are encouraged to lead lives as close to their wild counterparts as possible. Keepers provide enrichment by hiding, freezing, or scattering food in their natural-like habitats, promoting hunting and foraging behaviors. Habitats are enriched with elements that encourage an active lifestyle, including climbing trees, hanging from branches, and even using hammocks in some cases.
Importance of Adopting
A Contribution to Conservation
Adopting an animal at Blackpool Zoo holds more significance than a mere symbolic act. All proceeds from adoptions directly support conservation efforts through various wildlife associations.
What We Do with Adoption Proceeds
Proceeds acquired from adoptions are either donated to wildlife conservation groups or reinvested within the zoo to ensure optimal welfare conditions for all species.
Tips for Supporting Red Panda Conservation
If you cannot adopt a red panda at Blackpool Zoo, you can contribute to their conservation in other ways. Share news on the topic on social media using relevant hashtags, repost associations’ information and tell your friends about conservation initiatives.
Can You Adopt a Red Panda in the UK?
You can symbolically adopt a Red Panda for one year at Blackpool Zoo while contributing to their conservation in the wild.
Is it Legal to Adopt a Red Panda?
Adopting a red panda as a pet is illegal in the UK, but you symbolically adopt one at Blackpool Zoos and other organisations to contribute to their habitat conservation efforts.
Will I Be the Only Person Who Can Adopt That Panda?
Animal adoptions at Blackpool Zoo do not represent patronage for a particular animal but to the species as a whole. For this reason, there is no limit to the number of people adopting Red Pandas or other animals available for adoption.
Can Anyone Adopt a Panda?
Yes! There are no requirements for adopting a Red Panda at Blackpool Zoo.
Can I Adopt a Red Panda and Track It?
At Blackpool Zoo, adoption programmes do not imply adopting a specific individual. For this reason, there are no tracking services for adopters.
How Long Does it Take for the Adoption to Arrive?
Shipping time for Adoption Packages depends on your location and post services.
How Much Does it Cost to Adopt a Red Panda?
At Blackpool Zoo, the Adoption Package costs $75 and can be purchased online or at the zoo.