Two red pandas born at KC Zoo

Two cubs of the endangered red panda species have been born at the Kansas City Zoo.

The males, born June 26, now weigh about 8 ounces and are with their mother in a nesting box. But visitors to the zoo can view them via a closed-circuit monitor at the Tiger Trail section. They will grow to about 2 feet long.

The zoo’s adult red pandas were matched for breeding by a species survival plan that manages the 116 animals in U.S. zoos. Kansas City last had a red panda birth in 2006. The species is native to the Himalayan region.