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Newborn red panda in Athens zoo awaits name

28 Sep 2023, 02:05 GMT+10

ATHENS, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- A red panda born three months ago in Greece is waiting to be named.

The Attica Zoological Park, in a suburb of Greece's capital, launched a poll on social media on Tuesday, asking the public to pick a name for her, Antonis Balas, head keeper of mammals, told Xinhua on Wednesday.

Animal lovers have until Sept. 29 to vote for one of the suggested names: Mai, Aiko Nami or Ban.

Her parents arrived at the zoo about 18 months ago from two French zoological parks, Balas said.

The red panda, native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China, is listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List. Fewer than 10,000 red pandas are estimated to remain in the wild.

This is why the Greek zoo was very happy with the success of the breeding attempt.

The Attica Zoological Park opened to the public in 2000. On 20 hectares, it currently hosts 2,200 animals of over 280 species.

The park has been running breeding programs for several years now and all the animals hosted there were born in captivity, Jean Jacques Lesuaeur, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Attica Thematic Park S.A., which manages the zoological park, told Xinhua.

The main goal is not to entertain visitors, but educate them and help preserve endangered species, he said.

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