International Red Panda Day 2024

Celebrate red pandas on International Red Panda Day (IRPD) while helping us save the last of the first panda!

This year you can #CreateforRedPandaConservation by creating red panda art or buying from our art auction, or you can join us in Nepal for the first-ever International Red Panda Trail Race!


When: Saturday, September 21, 2024 (the third Saturday of September every year)

Where: Check out our Interactive Map below to find an IRPD event near you! 


Find Your Local International Red Panda Day 2024 Celebration!

Hosting an event? Let us know! Register here.

International Red Panda Day 2024 Participants

Assiniboine Park Conservancy and Zoo Winnipeg, MB, Canada

 Billabong Zoo Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Cincinnati, OH, USA

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

  • Looking forward to a fun Red Panda Day?  Come visit the Red Pandas at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo!

Curraghs Wildlife Park Ballaugh, Isle of Man

Drayton Manor Zoo Tamworth, Staffordshire, UK

Naturschutz-Tierpark Görlitz Goerlitz, Germany

Omuta City Zoo Omuta, Fukuoka, Japan

  • We'll have a special event in a zoo at 1:30 pm on Sep 22nd, and hold live-stream at 1:30 pm on Sep 23rd with Naresh from RPN Nepal

Perth Zoo Perth, West Australia, Australia

Tiergarten Kleve Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfahlen, Germany

  • At the weekend of the 21th and 22nd of September we will have a information point at our Red Panda enclosure

Warren Public Library Warren, MI, USA

  • small drop-in craft (red panda bookmark)

Wild Planet Trust Paignton, UK

Zoo de La Flèche La Flèche, France

 Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien Saint-Félicien, Québec, Canada

  • Weekend celebrations on the International Red Panda Day - including cupcakes, special enrichment, animation and other activities


Create for Red Panda Conservation

This IRPD we hope you join us in our endeavors to #CreateForRedPandaConservation. 

Create your own red panda inspired art and tag us (@RedPandaNetwork) on social media!

Use #CreateForRedPandaConservation on Instagram or Facebook before September 21 at 12AM PST to be entered in a raffle to win a special prize!

Artwork by Natalie Hoy

Art Auction

Collect a one-of-a-kind red panda art piece by bidding in our annual Red Panda Art Auction! 

Bidding opens September 12, 2024 at 12PM PST and ends on IRPD, September 21, 2024 at 6PM PST.

Stay tuned for more information!

Are you a professional artist who wants to donate a high-quality piece of red panda art to our auction? Email us at before September 1st, 2024!

International Red Panda Trail Race

Join us for the first-ever International Red Panda Trail Race this International Red Panda Day, September 21, 2024.

Support red panda conservation while challenging yourself on this high-elevation trail run through the breathtaking Himalyan landscapes of Nepal.

Here are some ways you can
celebrate IRPD 2024 on September 21st

1. Help your child become a Red Panda Ranger. 

One of the most important goals of IRPD is to engage youth in education and conservation. Why? Because kids are the future of red panda conservation!  Learn more about our Red Panda Ranger program.

2. Organize or attend an event.

Register your event! Join thousands of people at zoos and organizations all around the world. Stay tuned for a list of participating organizations and check with your local zoo or school for event details. 

3. Fundraise for the First Panda.

Help us save the last of the first panda — and have fun doing it!

4. Learn about red pandas.

 Read The Heat Is On: How Red Pandas Survive the Summer and visit our facts webpage and factsheet. Please share your favorite fact with your friends! Check out these illustrated fact banners and sample posts below:

  • Red pandas are not related to giant pandas and were discovered 50 years earlier! #theOriginalPanda #FirstPanda #IRPD2024
  • Red pandas are important indicators of the vibrant forests in the Eastern Himalayas. #SaveTheRedPanda #IRPD2024
  • Red pandas are the only living member of their taxonomic family. #theOriginalPanda #IRPD2024
5. Make a donation.

Save the last of the first pandas by donating here or buy an Alive and Wild shirt!


Download Event Materials


2 Ways to Rep Red Pandas on IRPD 2024 (and all year)!


Design by Sripriya Prasad

Design by Natalie Hoy

Thank you to the zoos and schools around the world that celebrated International Red Panda Day in 2023!

IRPD Participants 2023

Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines, IA, USA
We will be celebrating International Red Panda Day with special events, educational activities, and keeper chats throughout the Zoo.
Brandywine Zoo, Wilmington, DE, USA
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus, OH, USA
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
Join us digitally on 9/13/2023 for a Facebook and Instagram Live (@CTbeardsleyzoo) at 1:00 EST to learn more about the Red Panda and how you can celebrate and support this amazing species! On Saturday, September 16th, visit the zoo to view the resident Red Panda and enjoy a presentation of artifacts and information about the amazing species!
Diergaarde Blijdorp - Royal Rotterdam Zoo, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
We celebrate International Red Panda Day by handing out the Red Panda activity booklet (translated), and with information points where our enthusiastic volunteers tell you everything you want to know about Red Pandas and RPN. On this day we also share a video where the EEP Coordinator for the red panda studbook raises awareness for conservation of the species and about collaborations with Red Panda Network and Rotterdam Zoo.
Faruk Yalçin Zoo
FYZoo will be holding activities to celebrate and spotlight red pandas for the day. We have specially prepared infographic brochures that will be distributed to visitors, and educational workshops will be held with children.
Giardino Zoologico di Pistoia, Pistoia, Italy
Greensboro Science Center, Greensboro, NC, USA
Join us on Saturday, September 16 from 10 – 2 pm to celebrate International Red Panda Day! Participate in a new scavenger hunt this year by looking for the special red panda icons located throughout our lower zoo! We invite you to also stop by our educational tables located along the lower zoo path to learn about red panda adaptations, diet, and conservation efforts – you can even try your hand at walking like a red panda. Paintings created by our resident red pandas will also be available for purchase, with proceeds going toward conservation efforts. Red Panda Day activities are included with general admission and GSC membership.
Greater Vancouver Zoo, Aldergrove, BC, Canada
This Saturday, September 16th, join us for #InternationalRedPandaDay at the GVZoo! We are so excited to announce that Maple & Mei Mei will soon be receiving their (SSP) recommendations and will be starting the next step on their conservation journey. We’ll have enrichment and fun activities where you can even help us guess who Maple & Mei Mei will be paired up with! One winner will be randomly selected from all the entries during our on-site event to win a Red Panda prize pack, including plushes, toys, zoo merch & more! So come join us this #InternationalRedPandaDay and help celebrate B.C.'s first-ever Red Panda cubs!
Greenville Zoo, Greenville, South Carolina, USA
Hamilton Zoo, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
We will be running a special Red Panda Day keeper talk on Saturday the 16th Sept at 12pm.
Le Parc Animalier de Sainte Croix
Le Parc de Clères
Le Zoo d'Amiens
Le Zoo de Lille
Mill Mountain Zoo, Roanoak, VA, USA
Our Zoo has a day-long Red Panda Day celebration featuring chats about Red Pandas, crafts, games, and more.
Naturschutz-Tierpark Görlitz, Görlitz, Germany
Social media posts commented feeding with information about the RPN project
Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo, Green Bay, Wisconsin, US
The Red Panda Day event will be held on September 9, 2023, from 9 a.m. til 2 p.m. - join us!
Ocean Park Hong Kong
Come to visit our three adorable red pandas - Rou Rou, Cong Cong, and Tai Shan on International Red Panda Day (16 Sep 2023). See you there!
Panda Parade, North York, Ontario, Canada
Parco Faunistico La Torbiera, Agrate. Conturbia, Italy
We are organizing a great event for the 2023 International Red Panda Day. Join us to discover these marvelous endangered creatures and participate to our surprising day! We have been supporting RPN for years!
Parc Merveilleux, Bettembourg, Luxembourg
Parco Natura Viva - Fondazione A.R.C.A.,. Verona, Bussolengo, Italy 
Every year, we hold an event for visitors to celebrate the red panda and inform the public about the biology of the species and its situation in the wild. We will offer children creative activities --including drawings & masks-- face-painting and telling a story about the panda using the kamishibai technique to raise funds for the project.
Red Panda Museum, Hong Kong 
Red Panda Museum themed an art exhibition at Mong Kok on September 16th. On the 16th International Red Panda Day The booth of the Red Panda Museum will also prepare commemorative stamps for International Red Panda Day for everyone to use and distribute free gifts to promote red panda culture.
Red Panda VTubers
We are gathering 25+ red panda VTubers for an all-day charity Twitch stream to help raise money for the Red Panda Network! The stream starts a 9 a.m. EDT and goes all day long.
Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita, Kansas, US 
Settlers Way Elementary, Sugarland, TX, USA 
Tiergarten Kleve, Kleve, NRW, Germany
Tohoku Safari Park, Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima, Japan
We have panels, hand out materials for children, and there will be talks by our keepers so visitors can know about red panda ecology on Red Panda Day!
Upper Syari Govt. Jr. High School, Gangtok Sikkim, India
Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay, Wales 
Join us for a day all about red pandas! Learn all about these special keepers with keeper talks, panda field stations, and panda activities. All working towards raising funds for the Red Panda Network and red panda conservation. 
Zoologischer Stadtgarten Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany (Species Protection Day) 
On September 10, 2023, the entire day at the Karlsruhe Zoological Garden will once again be dedicated to species conservation. This time, 36 booths with interesting information and hands-on activities will be located throughout the grounds. Through its Species Protection Foundation, Karlsruhe Zoo has been directly supporting species protection projects both locally and globally for many years. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be information at the booths about species conservation work, projects, and cooperations. The zoo will provide insights into the topics of biodiversity and species conservation and the work of the Karlsruhe Zoo Species Conservation Foundation. At the stands, many quiz or puzzle activities are offered especially for children. Knowledge transfer for the entire family and active participation are the focus of this day. 
Yagiyama Zoological Park, Sendai City, Japan 
Zoo Duisburg, Duisburg, Germany 
We're celebrating Red Panda Day all day long with lots of information and activities related to the first panda.
Zoological Society of East Anglia, Banham, Norfolk, England
ZooMontana, Billings. Montana, USA 

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