Chattanooga Zoo’s New Red Panda Unveiled

Friday, May 23, 2014
Maina,  the new red panda at the Chattanooga Zoo
Maina, the new red panda at the Chattanooga Zoo

The Chattanooga Zoo announced the arrival of the newest addition to the Chattanooga Zoo family member, Maina the red panda. 

Maina is a 10 month old red panda. She came to the Chattanooga Zoo as a breeding loan from the Oklahoma City Zoo as part of the Species Survival Plan. Maina has been recommended for breeding with the Chattanooga Zoo’s resident red panda, Wyatt.  

The SSP is a population management and conservation program created by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. This program focuses on breeding programs by strictly monitoring the placement and propagation of selected endangered Species. The Chattanooga Zoo officials hope to breed Maina and Wyatt, in hopes of fulfilling the Zoo’s mission to conserve animals and protect endangered species. Maina and Wyatt’s breeding recommendation marks the second recommendation for the Chattanooga Zoo and hopefully the first successful. 

“It’s exciting to be part of the SSP and their conservation efforts,” says Stacy Laberdee, curator of Mammals and Birds. “Successfully breeding this pair will help show how hard we work to conserve and care for our animals.”

Maina will be on exhibit full time and open to public viewing beginning Saturday. She will be exhibited in the outdoor day yard. Like all of the animals, Maina will have access to her indoor den. If guests come by and don’t spot her, she may be inside cooling off in the air conditioning. The Zoo’s other red pandas will be exhibited in the indoor exhibit until introduced to their new companion. Introductions of all the red pandas will begin as soon as the red pandas’ keepers feel the animals are ready. 



CDOT Announces Construction Closures

1100 Mountain Creek Road  Utility work will require closing the 1100 block of Mountain Creek Road this Saturday through Sunday morning.  Work will begin at 7:30 AM on Saturday, June 23, and the road will reopen Sunday morning.  The 1100 block of Mountain Creek Road is north of N Runyan Drive.  The detour is to use US 27 to Morrison Springs for access to properties ... (click for more)

Candidate Forum To Be Held At The Bethlehem Center

The Bethlehem Center will host a forum where community members can meet the candidates. Each candidate will speak and answer questions presented by  community members. The forum will be held on Thursday  from 6-8 p.m. at the Bethlehem Center at 200 W 38th St. “This event matter because these are the candidates for offices that most closely affect our ... (click for more)

Red Bank Finalizes 20-Cent Property Tax Increase

The Red Bank commissioners voted Tuesday night to adopt the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget that includes a property tax increase. Mayor John Roberts said that along with the increase in both commercial and residential development, comes increased traffic. Infrastructure has not kept up with the growth, including the secondary roads. The cost of paving these roads is $1 million. Money ... (click for more)

Attorney Poston Says Man In Viral Video Seen Fighting Officer Was Trying To Break Up Fight

Attorney McCracken Poston said William Alexander Floyd, the young man seen in the recently published “viral” video who is seemingly engaged in a boxing match with a Chattanooga police officer, started out trying to break up a fight.   The attorney said, "Things are not always as they appear. There is a much more interesting story in the seconds leading up to the events ... (click for more)

The Boss, Claude Ramsey

I try not to overuse the word great, but we lost a great man today, Claude Ramsey. I had the pleasure of serving under him as director of Commercial and Industrial Properties for 14 years while he was the Hamilton County Assessor of Property. He was probably the smartest person I have ever known. He was tough but patient, kind, caring and compassionate. He knew how to get ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: So, You’re Invisible?

Several weeks ago I was in the middle of My Morning Readings when, somehow, I came across a wonderful story written by Nichole Johnson. Her website says she is a speaker, a motivator, and an author whose gift is to “capture the inner-most feelings of women facing life's daily struggles, and it has enabled her to create a unique sense of community for people of all ages.” That’s ... (click for more)