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Zookeepers name red panda kit
Adorable Ruby will remain in her den until she is four months old.

Endangered species is at risk of habitat loss and poaching.

An endangered red panda kit has been named after receiving her first health check at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo.

'Ruby' was born in July 2021 to mum Ginger and dad Bruce.

Staff at the wildlife conservation charity voted for her name from a shortlist drawn up by keepers as a thank you for their hard work during the pandemic.

Ruby is currently living in her off-show cubbing den and will start to venture outdoors when she reaches four months old.

Jo Elliott, animal collection manager and carnivore keeper at Edinburgh Zoo said: “We wanted to give our kit a name which pays homage to red pandas and would also fit nicely with our previous kit’s name, Ruaridh. The carnivore team came up with a shortlist of names and put it out to our colleagues as a vote.
 
“Everyone at RZSS has worked so hard this last year, providing expert care for all of the animals at Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park throughout the pandemic and working to connect the public with nature during lockdown. This was a small thing we could do to say thank you.
 
“Red pandas are a visitor favourite here at the zoo, and Ruby’s birth is significant for this endangered species, which is at risk due to habitat loss and poaching.”

Image (C) RZSS Edinburgh Zoo.

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RCVS Fellowship applications open

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 Applications have now opened for RCVS Fellowship 2022. The RCVS is encouraging anyone who would like to be considered for Fellowship to apply, and if successful, they will be welcomed into the Fellowship next year.

The process for joining the fellowship has changed slightly for this year, as applicants will now need two signed referee forms instead of three professional references, and five assessors will review each application instead of three.

The deadline for applications is 14 February 2022, and more information on how to apply can be found here. If applicants have any questions, or would like informal advice from previous successful applicants, they are encouraged to contact Ceri Via Email 

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