Red panda at Utah’s Hogle Zoo dies

Priay, a 5-year-old female, had fallen ill and been under veterinarian care in the days before her death.

(Utah's Hogle Zoo) Priya, a 5-year-old female red panda who had lived at Utah's Hogle Zoo since 2022, died on Nov. 28, 2023, the zoo reported.

One of the red pandas at Utah’s Hogle Zoo has died after a recent, sudden decline in her health.

The zoo announced Saturday that Priya, a female red panda, passed away. They said she had recently been placed under “veterinary advisement,” then over a few days went into critical condition. She was then taken to the intensive care unit at a local veterinarian care center. She was there for about three days under 24-hour “unprecedented levels of critical care” before her passing, the zoo said.

Priya was five years old. Red Pandas’ average lifespan is 8-10 years in the wild and 15 years in zoos, according to the Red Panda Network.

A necropsy was conducted, and the zoo said its animal health team is working to determine the cause of Priya’s death.

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