Two Baby Red Pandas Make Debut at Prospect Park Zoo

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Conservation Society Two baby red pandas flank their mother at the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn. (Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife)
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Two baby red pandas flank their mother at the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn. (Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife)

Two baby red pandas made their debut over the weekend at the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn.

The male and female pandas were born at the zoo on July 1 and do not yet have names. They originate from a region in the Himalayas.

Red pandas, which look similar to raccoons, have a reddish-brown coat and a long furry tail. Unlike giant pandas, red pandas are not members of the bear family. Officials say their population is declining and they are considered vulnerable in the wild.

Red pandas are also found in New York City at the Bronx Zoo and Central Park Zoo.