Red Panda Naming Contest

In partnership with

Red Panda Alert!

John Ball Zoo is excited to be welcoming two new additions to our zoo family. Our red pandas, Wyatt and Wasabi, had their second litter of cubs earlier this year! Now is your chance to help name these cute, energetic, siblings.

The global red panda population has declined by 50% over the last 20 years. There may be as few as 2,500 remaining in the wild. As a part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan, these two new cubs are an important part of ensuring red pandas continue to thrive.  

John Ball Zoo is proud to partner with the Refugee Education Center for the Red Panda Cub Naming Contest. The Nepali and Bhutanese community provided us with three sets of names for the red panda cubs!

The Refugee Education Center’s mission is to remove barriers to ensure that refugee children of all ages thrive. For more information, or to get in touch with the Refugee Education Center, visit

All donations support John Ball Zoo’s mission of saving wildlife and wild places around the world and right here in West Michigan.

Green palm leaf
Shopping Cart