Wednesday, 9 November 2016

San Francisco Zoo & Gardens and Firefox Team Up to Ease Election Anxieties with Live Streaming of Red Pandas

On Tuesday, November 8, when Americans will be collectively glued to their TV, computer and mobile screens, San Francisco Zoo & Gardens and Firefox, the trusted Web browser of choice for hundreds of millions of people around the world, are partnering to offer respite from Election Day coverage, even if only for fleeting moments.

Beginning at 10:00 PST am, Firefox will be live streaming the “red panda cam” on Facebook to its nearly 20 million followers. The camera will showcase the red panda exhibit at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens, which is home to three adorable red pandas, “Hillary”, “Hunter” and “Tenzing”.

The scientific name “red panda” means “fire-colored cat” and they’re also called “firefox”. Red pandas are more closely related to raccoons than they are to giant pandas.

Red pandas are found in mountain forests in parts of China, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, and India. The species is endangered due to habitat destruction and fragmentation due to farming, logging and human development. They feed mainly on young leaves and shoots of bamboo, but will also eat roots, fruits, eggs or small reptiles when available. At the Zoo, they eat bamboo and primate chow.

Upcoming special events at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens include the opening of the “Reindeer Romp” exhibit on Saturday, November 19, and “ZooLights” from December 16-30 (excluding December 24 & 25). Visit for more information.

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