Though Liwu didn’t have offspring, she contributed to the conservation of her species by selling paintings. Liwu would dip her paws in paint and walk across canvases to create works of art. The thousands of dollars raised from her paintings went to the Red Panda Network and the Red Panda SSP.
As Liwu got older, zoo staff modified her holding area so she could move around easily. They installed ramps and built her a hammock on a frame to sleep in.
Browning said Liwu played an important role in the raising money for red panda conservation, and she was instrumental in teaching caretakers how to tend to an aging animal.
“There isn’t a day that goes by that I won’t think about her and all she has done for her species and for me. It has been one of my greatest joys to work with her. She has given me many great memories to hold on to in the years to come without her,” Browning wrote.