Promising pandathlete Ruby is the official mascot of the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018. She takes her name from the gemstone, to reflect her sparkling personality and as a nod to the City’s world famous Jewellery Quarter.
RUBY WAS UNVEILED AT THE BIRMINGHAM WILDLIFE CONSERVATION PARK, HOME TO THREE RED PANDAS, TWO ADULTS MO AND AMBA AND THEIR YOUNG CUB MAMBO. THE PARK IS A KEY PART OF EUROPEAN ENDANGERED SPECIES BREEDING PROGRAMME LOOKING TO PROTECT THIS BEAUTIFUL SPECIES FROM EXTINCTION. IN 2005, ONE OF THE EARLIEST ARRIVALS BABU, FAMOUSLY WENT MISSING FOR FOUR DAYS BEFORE BEING FOUND AND RETURNED TO HIS ENCLOSURE. HE WAS LATER NAMED ‘BRUMMIE OF THE YEAR’. YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PARK VIA THE LINK BELOW.
Ruby was also recently included as part of The Big Sleuth Trail in and around Birmingham. For more information on this fantastic charity event, please click here.
Red Panda Facts
|COMMON NAME||RED PANDA|
|SCIENTIFIC NAME||AILURUS FULGENS|
|DIET||HERBIVORE (Mainly bamboo but will also eat fruit, nuts and eggs)|
|AVERAGE LIFE SPAN IN THE WILD||8 YEARS|
|SIZE||80 - 150cm (including tail)|
|WEIGHT||5 - 9 KG|
|RED LIST STATUS||ENDANGERED|
|CURRENT POPULATION TREND||DECREASING|
|BEHAVIOUR||In the wild these animals spend most of their time in trees and are most active at dawn, dusk and during the night|