Rhinos and Red Pandas

In December last year, 26 homestay owners in Nepal discussed best practices in ecotourism. Their dialogue highlighted the importance of all actors in conservation and community. What do rhinos and red pandas have in common? Nothing much, apart from the fact that they are both mammals and vertebrates. Rhinos, or Rhinoceros, is one of five…

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Free-roaming dogs: a major threat to red pandas.

On a daily basis, red pandas face an uphill battle for survival. They are threatened by habitat destruction and fragmentation, illegal poaching, haphazard development work, and untimely weather affecting the flowering of their primary food source, bamboo. Another threat has emerged: numerous free-roaming dogs within the red panda habitat, and they appear to be triggering…

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Experience Red Pandas at Paradise Park – Cornwall

Whether holding a raffle to raise money to adopt a red panda or supporting programs that address deforestation in red panda territory, donors near and far help Red Panda Network (RPN) carry out its mission to save red pandas and their habitat every day. One such donor has taken a creative approach to red panda…

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Red Panda Ecotrips Expanded!

We are very excited to announce the expansion of our Red Panda Ecotrip program! We are now offering nine Ecotrips a year, and have added several new destinations including Taplejung, Ghyangphedi, Choyatar and Thumke. This means there are more opportunities than ever to see the red panda in its native habitat and experience the natural…

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The Forgotten Panda

Many photographers take great pains to compose the perfect photo. But few, perhaps, go to the lengths Red Panda Network board member Axel Gebauer took to photograph and film one of the world’s most elusive animals: the red panda. Breathtaking shots of lush forests, unspoiled rivers and the Himalayan skyline belie the hard work that…

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Improved Cookstoves for Red Panda Stewards

In a tiny village near the Nepal-India border, a small innovation in cooking methods is making a big difference in the lives of red pandas and the people who share their home. With the help of Red Panda Network, families in Dobate, a settlement of 11 households in Ilam district, began using metal cookstoves in…

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Filming the Firefox

One of the simplest aspects of wildlife conservation also happens to be one of the most challenging: spreading awareness. The simple part is putting the information out there; the challenge is getting people to pay attention to it. That’s why, in addition to their own awareness efforts, organizations like the Red Panda Network (RPN) actively…

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A Unique Strength: How Ecotourism Can Save the Wild

Not everyone is familiar with the term “ecotourism” or the concept behind it, but even those who are don’t always understand the full extent of its impact. Essentially, ecotourism is an alternative to mainstream tourism that allows travelers to vacation in a more environmentally and economically responsible manner. When properly implemented, ecotourism minimizes waste, pollution…

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