International Red Panda Day

September 21, 2013
Event By: ETSU and GSB Natural History Museum and Gray Fossil Site Address: 1212 Suncrest Drive Gray, TN 37615 Email: barberj@etsu.edu Phone: (423) 439-3642
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During International Red Panda Day visitors can become “Red Panda Rangers.” A Red Panda Ranger is a special title given to children that complete educational activities to learn more about the uniqueness of the endangered red panda. “Paleontologists that work with the Gray Fossil Site love teaching others about the red panda,” said Dr. Blaine Schubert, director of the Museum. “The red panda is particularly special to us because of the discovery of two red panda skeletons.” From 11a.m. to 5 p.m., children will “climb” the highest mountains of the Himalayas, learn about the elusive red panda, participate in engaging activities and earn the title of Red Panda Ranger. At 1 p.m., paleontologist and red panda expert Dr. Steven Wallace will give a free talk about the importance of the Gray Fossil Site’s Appalachian Red Panda and how it compares to the modern species titled “Red Pandas of the Past and Present”. At 3:00 p.m., Sarah Glass, Curator Red Pandas/Program Animals/Special exhibits at the Knoxville Zoo, will speak about red panda conservation efforts. The museum is open Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and is located 1.8 miles off Exit 13 on Interstate 26. For more information, call (866) 202-6223 or visit the museum at www.etsu.edu/naturalhistorymuseum.

City: Gray, TN
Region: East Tennessee
Subregion: Northeast

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