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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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Vote for names for the new Amur leopard cubs!

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon invites the public to help name the new Amur leopard cubs born at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo on June 19, 2019 via an online ballot.


The new cubs are a male and female born to mother Amur leopard Tria and father Rafferty as part of the Species Survival Plan for Amur leopards overseen by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Amur leopards are the world’s most endangered big cats, with fewer than 85 remaining in the wild in their native habitat, the Amur River Basin in Far East Russia.

The zoo’s animal care team suggested four names for each cub, all in keeping with the zoo’s “I Love New York” theme for naming new arrivals in 2019. 

The names up for vote are: 


  • Baxter – mountain in Essex County
  • Campbell – town in Steuben County  
  • Milo – town in Yates County  
  • Moose – river in the Adirondacks


  • Ava – town in Oneida County 
  • Marcy – town in Oneida County 
  • Mina – town in Chautauqua County 
  • Rose – town in Wayne County    

Please cast your ballot HERE.

Voting will be open until midnight on Friday, August 23. The county executive will announce the results after the votes are tallied.

Thanks for participating in our naming vote!!


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