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Red panda

Let the panda-monium begin... red pandas are coming back to Bristol!

You can now meet our adorable new red panda, Nilo, at Bristol Zoo Project!

A female will also join the zoo later this year as part of our breeding programme to help protect this endangered species.

“One of the best zoos I have ever visited! A must visit.”

“So close to the animals. A fabulous experience and plenty of space.”

What else can I do at the zoo?

  • Catch fascinating animal talks and feeds

  • Join in the We’re Going on a Bear Hunt trail (23 Mar - 1 Sept) – swish, splash and squelch your way through the new sensory trail to find real bears!

  • Visit award-winning Bear Wood – see wolves, bears, lynxes and wolverines!

  • Explore fun play areas

  • Get up close to giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, geladas and more

  • Watch lemurs walk right past you in the lemur walkthrough!

  • Try delicious stone-baked pizzas and freshly made food all-year-round

  • Become a member and support our conservation charity

Fun Fact

Red pandas are arboreal, which means they live in trees. They have an ‘extra thumb’ on each hand to help them grip bamboo, one of their main food types.


Native to the eastern Himalayas and south-western China, red pandas are classified as endangered by the IUCN.

The wild population is thought to be as low as 2,500 individuals, which are threatened by habitat loss and poaching.


Nilo lives in the brand new red panda habitat at Bristol Zoo Project. The habitat is dominated by the large cedar tree in the centre, which he loves to climb!

Visit Bristol Zoo Project

See amazing animals like giraffes, wolves, cheetahs, and red panda at our conservation zoo.