A pair of endangered red pandas have been brought to a new home at the Birmingham Nature Centre as part of a nationwide captive-breeding programme.
The two pandas are brothers, born at Bristol Zoo in June 2003, but will be split up when a suitable female is found for one of them.
The breeding programme gathers detailed information on animals throughout the country in order to genetically match individuals for mating as a way of giving the species its best chance of survival.
Red pandas are similar to racoons in size and appearance.
Birmingham Nature Centre has planted over 50 bamboo plants in the pandas' cage for the bears to eat, which will be supplemented by a special diet that includes fruit, root vegetables and leaves.
Geoff Cole, head of Birmingham parks, sports and events, said: "As well as giving people the chance to see and learn about our native British animals, the centre provides an opportunity for Birmingham to play its part in preserving the future of endangered species."
Coun John Alden (Con Harborne), cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture, added: " Birmingham Nature Centre provides a wonderful facility for people to enjoy a great family day out and find out more about the natural world.
"The initiative to bring the red pandas to the Nature Centre represents Birmingham's commitment to the changing priorities of the world of conservation."
The brothers will be the latest addition to the centre when it re-opens to the public on Friday.