Red Pandas at the Knoxville Zoo go International

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- The Red Pandas gains some international attention as they become the face of the newest Mozilla or Firefox Web browser.

The Knoxville Zoo has been a successful breeding location for Red Pandas since the early 1970's and this July they welcomed their 97th and 98th cubs.

Since the zoo ranks as one of the top breeding locations in the world and Mozilla just released their newest web browser; they wanted to put a face or faces with the new release.

A website is set up where you can go and watch the Red Pandas live 24/7 through cameras set up in their exhibit. The website also features polls and facts about conservation which Mozilla hopes will help endangered animals around the world.

Zoo keepers say they have had Internet hits from all over the United States and the world.

"The website and cameras have really caught on and it gives recognition to the Red Pandas who are usually overshadowed by their family members-- the Giant Pandas." says Sarah Glass, curator of the Red Pandas.

Meet the girls Spark and Ember on their website; you can also learn more about them at or

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