UTICA — The Utica Zoo has welcomed a pair of newborn red pandas.

The pandas, one male and one female, were born in the early morning July 6 to mother Ming Yue and father Muse, the zoo announced Thursday. A third cub was born, but did not survive, according to the zoo.

The red panda is classified as an endangered species. Zoo representatives said this is the second group of cubs produced by Ming Yue and Muse; the first were born in 2015. The pandas were recommended to breed in accordance to the Red Panda Species Survival Plan developed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, zoo representatives said.

Each of the cubs weighed approximately 100 grams at birth, which is just over a quarter of a pound — about equal to a stick of butter, the zoo said.

The cubs will not be on public display until late fall to allow Ming Yue to raise them privately, according to the zoo.

The Utica Zoo announced their birth as part of the launch of the zoo’s International Red Panda Exhibit fundraising campaign. The zoo is raising money for a new, open air exhibit space with all-season viewing, multi-zone climate control and additional visitor amenities. Zoo officials said the exhibit would also bring the second sub-species of red panda to the zoo.

The zoo was awarded $70,000 from the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties to build the new red panda exhibit, an amount that accounts for approximately 10 percent of the funds needed for the project, according to the zoo.