Lincoln Park Zoo debuts Red Panda cubs Waveland and Sheffield

FOX 32 NEWS - Chicago Cubs fans win big at Lincoln Park Zoo this weekend with exclusive steals and deals at Fall Fest and a chance to catch a glimpse of the zoo’s newest red panda cubs, Sheffield and Waveland (named after the Wrigley Field cross streets), now on exhibit at Kovler Lion House.

Born June 24, the two cubs, Waveland (female) and Sheffield (male) have spent the last few months behind the scenes in their nest box. The cubs have grown more independent and have ventured on exhibit intermittently as they continue to acclimate to ‘the friendly confines’ of their ivy-covered habitat. Thanks to a breeding recommendation from the Red Panda Species Survival Plan (SSP), which cooperatively manages the endangered population, these cubs are the second set in two years for Lincoln Park Zoo’s breeding pair Leafa (dam) and Phoenix (sire). Last year, the zoo celebrated its first-ever red panda cub litter including Clark (male) and Addison (female), now thriving at San Diego Zoo and Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo, respectively.

“In the last year, red pandas have gone from a threatened to endangered species due to human impacts including habitat loss,” said Curator of Mammals Mark Kamhout. “These playful, curious, arboreal cubs here at the zoo serve as ambassadors to encourage learning and inspire visitors to help protect this species in the wild.”

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