Red Panda

Red Panda

Though their names are similar, the red panda and giant panda are only very distantly related by a common ancestor that can be traced back to tens of millions of years ago. Both species were identified as pandas as the word “panda” means “bamboo eater,” and bamboo is a primary part of both the red panda’s and the giant panda’s diet.

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Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is proud of its relationship with Onondaga County and the wider community and of its longstanding history of providing a world class zoo to visitors from Central New York and beyond.


Friends of the Zoo is the dedicated partner of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo and has been providing support to the zoo since 1970.