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ETSU & GSB Natural History at the Gray Fossil Site 1212 Suncrest Drive Gray, TN 37615 www.grayfossilmuseum.com 1-866-202-6223
The Red Panda Network is sponsoring the First Annual International Red Panda Day on November 13, 2010. The ETSU and GSB Natural History Museum is joining the cause by planning a day of activities to celebrate the uniqueness of the endangered red panda. From 11a.m. to 4 p.m., children will “climb” the highest mountains of the Himalayas, learn about the elusive red panda, participate in engaging activities and earn the badges and title of Red Panda Ranger in five fun activity stations. At 4 p.m., paleontologist 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”. In addition, The Natural History Museum will donate half the proceeds from the sale of the Gray Fossil Site Red Panda Patches and other donations collected to the Red Panda Network. Contributions received from International Red Panda Day will support awareness campaigns in Nepal and China, where two red pandas were recently observed for sale at a pet store and restaurant. Saturday’s event is completely free and open to the public. Details on the festivities can be found at www.grayfossilmuseum.com/events. Additional information on the plight of the modern red panda can be found at www.redpandanetwork.org.