Help Bring Bert to the Isle of Wight!!
On May 14th 2014 Pandamonium hit the Isle of Wight when 2 female Red Pandas, Mei-xing and Xiao-xing moved here from Port Lympne Animal Park. Six years have passed and in February this year we received the fantastic news that the Studbook Keeper (who manages the captive breeding and population of Red Pandas) asked us if we would like to receive a male and form a breeding pair. Of course we jumped at the chance and started making changes to our enclosure ready for his arrival (extra nest boxes for Panda Babies, more Panda family furniture etc!!!!) The male, named Bert would be coming from Gdansk Zoo in Poland and would join our female, Xiao-xing to form a breeding pair. Our other female Mei-xing would travel to Gdansk Zoo, Poland to pair with their other male. We were all set and extremely excited for Berts arrival at the end of March just in time for breeding season when Covid hit and all Zoo transfers around Europe ground to a halt. 2 months have now passed and we are hoping for a June arrival.
Sadly, being closed for just over 9 weeks now has had a massive impact on Zoo Finances and we don’t have any money to pay for an Animal Courier to transfer Bert from Poland to the Island, and that’s where we, the animal keepers are asking for your help. We have started this crowdfunding page……Bring Bert to the Isle of Wight! And hopefully with your help and support we can make this happen!
From all the Keepers and Xiao-xing we Thank you all so much in Advance!!