- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York zoo is showing off a pair of red panda cubs born at the end of June that now weigh in at only about 1 pound.

Officials at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse said Thursday the male cubs weighed an estimated 2 or 3 ounces at birth.

Director Ted Fox says the cubs are evidence of the success of the zoo’s red panda breeding program and will help ensure the survival of the endangered species.

There are fewer than 10,000 red pandas in the wild because of the loss of nesting trees and bamboo due to deforestation. They’re found in the Eastern Himalayas and Southwestern China.

The zoo previously announced the births of an Asian elephant in May and two North American river otters in April.

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