LINCOLN PARK — So long, Clark and Addison. We hardly knew ye.
After what felt like a few short months on exhibit at Lincoln Park Zoo, the beloved red panda cubs are headed to other zoos in the coming weeks — a recommendation by the Red Panda Species Survival Plan.
“Clark and Addison have fully weaned from the dam, eat solid foods such as bamboo and are fully independent,” said Dave Bernier, the zoo's general curator.
“While we are sad to see them leave Chicago, these cubs have brought much needed attention to this species and its decreasing population.”
The cubs were born this summer, and explored the outside world for the first time in October. Though it's hard to pick just one favorite moment, we will probably miss their adventures in the snow the most.
Good news is their parents, Leafa and Phoenix, are now a proven match, which means they can contribute to the red panda population and improve knowledge about the species as a whole, according to Sarah Long, director of the population management center.
The animals are considered vulnerable due to a loss of habitat and poaching.
Before the cubs leave, visitors can catch them at the Kovler Lion House exhibit 10 a.m - 5 p.m. daily. The zoo recommends visiting in the morning because that's when they are the most active.