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Female red panda Poonya at River Safari

SINGAPORE, 15 January 2016 – Wildlife Reserves Singapore is saddened by the passing of River Safari’s female red panda named Poonya.

Poonya had been suffering from gut infection and was under treatment since 7 January 2016. Despite keepers and vets providing 24-hour intensive care, her condition deteriorated. The red panda passed on at 1am on 13 January 2016. She was five years old.

Poonya arrived at River Safari in 2012, along with a male red panda named Puska from Johannesburg Zoo, South Africa.

River Safari is a member of the World Zoos and Aquariums Association’s Global Species Management Plan (GSMP) for red pandas. The park hopes to bring in another female panda.

The red panda shares similar diet and habitat as the giant panda, but is more closely related to raccoons and weasels instead of bears.