Red panda needs your bamboo

Red panda
Red panda

FRESH BAMBOO is needed from local gardeners to help feed a female red panda which has arrived at Drusillas Zoo.

Qiu was re-homed from Les Sables Zoo in France on September 21 and has settled in well following her journey. However, since her arrival she’s been eating Drusillas out of root and shoot.

The charismatic animals orginates from China and Napal where they eat a huge amount of bamboo as their staple diet.

The zoo team ordered the bamboo plants before Qiu arrived but are now running low in supplies due to a delayed shipment from Italy.

Drusillas is appealing for fresh bamboo shoots that can be cut on a daily basis to keep Qiu happy and well fed.

There are alternative pellets that she can eat, although so far she has turned her nose up at them in preference to any fresh food on offer.

Sue Woodgate, zoo manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted with our new arrival. Qiu is currently completing the required six months in quarantine behind the scenes at Drusillas.

“We will be building her a brand new enclosure over the coming months and hope to have her on show to our visitors for Easter 2012.

“Normally we would look to our own grounds to supply the required bamboo but our gardening team have now had to ask us to stop ‘raiding’ their bamboo as there is very little left.

“We are therefore appealing to the public to help. Please contact Drusillas on 01323 874100 with any donations.”