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Red panda 'Chewbacca' looking for love at Denver Zoo

6:18 PM, Jan 24, 2013   |    comments
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Zoo officials say they found a suitable mate for her in 6-year-old Chewbacca - a red panda from the Detroit Zoo.

"He spent the holidays behind-the-scenes, but now visitors can see him exploring his outdoor habitat," according to a Denver Zoo press release.

Daisy, the 6-year-old red panda, arrived at the zoo in November.
The two have been paired together under recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan.

The zoo says they have been very successful in breeding red pandas. A previous breeding pair, He-Ping and Sophia, gave birth to six cubs between 2008 and 2009.

Red pandas are classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, with an estimated population of less than 2,500 adults remaining in the wild.

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