Gray museum celebrates Red Panda Day
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 20:09
Visitors can learn everything they ever wanted to know about red pandas at the fourth annual International Red Panda Day being held at East Tennessee State University and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitors Center at the Gray Fossil Site on September 21. The museum is teaming up with the Red Panda Network to raise awareness of the endangered modern red panda, native to Asia, and to educate the public about red pandas found on site.
At 1 p.m., paleontologist and red panda expert Dr. Steven Wallace will give a free talk, “Red Pandas of the Past and Present,” about the importance of the Gray Fossil Site’s Appalachian Red Panda and how it compares to the modern species.
At 3 p.m., Sarah Glass, curator of Red Pandas/Program Animals/Special Exhibits at the Knoxville Zoo, will give a free lecture about red panda conservation efforts.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m.–5 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.