Two red panda cubs born this spring at the Calgary Zoo are making their public debut today.
The cubs were born June 21st and up until now have been kept away from public eyes to bond with their mother Sakura.
The births boosted the captive population of their subspecies in captivity in North America by four per cent.
The pandas are endangered with fewer than 10-thousand in the wild as a reult of habitat loss and degradation.
Red pandas are also a part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) to help ensure genetic diversity in the captive pool for this at-risk species.
A naming contest will be launched after Thanksgiving.