By Hannah Stevens @Hannahshewans

COME and meet two precious red panda cubs as they explore their new home

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Videographer / Director: ZooBorns
Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote
Editor: Marcus Cooper

The duo are the second set of cubs to be born at the zoo in two years

Born on June 24 2016 at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, the endangered cubs are the second set in two years for breeding pair Leafa - female - and Phoenix - male.

Breeding pair Leafa and Phoenix welcomed the cubs into the world on June 24 2016

Female cub Waveland and male cub Sheffield spent the first few months of their lives behind the scenes in their nest box, but they have now ventured out to explore their ivy-covered habitat.

Lincoln Park Zoo hope the cubs will bring more awareness to the plight of red pandas in the wild

Lincoln Park Zoo’s Curator of Mammals Mark Kamhout said: “In the last year, red pandas have gone from a threatened to endangered species due to human impacts including habitat loss.

Despite their shared name red pandas are not related to giant pandas

“These playful, curious, arboreal cubs here at the zoo serve as ambassadors to encourage learning and inspire visitors to help protect this species in the wild.”

Red pandas spend most of their time in the treetops using their fluffy striped tails to keep them balanced

The acrobatic animals largely live in trees and use their striped bushy red tails to keep their bodies balanced.

Scientists have categorised the red panda as aluridae and they are the only species left alive in the category

Despite a shared love of bamboo and a mutually endangered status, red pandas are not related to the famous giant panda.

Zookeepers named the female cub Waveland and the male Sheffield

In fact, scientists have put the animals in their own category known as aluridae - any other mammals from the same group became extinct 4 to 5 million years ago.

After spending several months in their nest box, the pair have begun exploring their new home

The red panda is classified as endangered as a result of deforestation and poaching. However, conservation efforts by sanctuaries and zoos around the globe are helping to preserve this important species.