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The pandas have several public viewing enclosures. If you don’t see the pandas at one enclosure, head to another. They aren’t very playful, still they are a treat to see. Mostly they are sleeping, lumbering around or scratching their backs against posts. And to learn about them you’ll wonder how any have survived. Pandas subsist on an almost exclusive diet of nutrient-poor bamboo. They are usually too lazy to pursue other foods.

Though pandas are gravely endangered (only about 1,500 remain), the red pandas (also at the base) are a dime-a-dozen, but they are still fun to watch even if they aren’t really pandas. The red pandas are more like a racoon with an opposable-type thumb. They have their own enclosures too, and with their skill sets it would be easy for them to escape. But ample feeding times keep the red pandas content and provide visitors with another feature.

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