A Plan of Action to Conserve Bhutan’s Red Panda

First in Nepal, and most recently Bhutan, governments are committing to red panda conservation in range countries. On July 31, 2019, people and charities all over the world celebrated World Ranger Day. This day honors the critical work of rangers to protect our planet’s wildlife and natural resources. For many endangered species—including the red panda—the…

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Reaching the People Who Live Among Red Pandas

RPN raises awareness on the frontlines of red panda conservation with the Holtzmann Wildlife Foundation. On a global scale, red panda awareness is steadily growing. Videos on social media of adorable zoo-born cubs are going viral and people are doing their part to share conservation messages of this species.  But what about the people who…

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Nobody Ever Said, “Saving Red Pandas is Easy”

The terrain is steep and difficult, the weather is unpredictable, the journey: treacherous at times. But Forest Guardian Bimala Moktan is up to the challenge of protecting endangered red pandas. Bimala Moktan was 24 when she joined RPN’s Forest Guardian (FG) team. Her uncle, Deu Prakash Tamang, had been an FG since 2006 and was…

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I Can’t Imagine A World Without Red Pandas

Since April of this year, nearly 70 people have joined our Panda Guardian team—kicking off 2019 as a pivotal year for guarding red pandas from extinction.  ​In 2006, Red Panda Network (RPN) initiated the Red Panda Project or Project Punde Kundo (red panda is locally known as Punde Kundo) in the Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) Corridor of…

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Stop the Illegal Red Panda Trade – 2019 Update

Never before has illegal wildlife trade been such a threat to the future of the endangered species of our planet.  A colossal ivory market continues to grow and fuel the rapid decline of elephants and rhinos (three rhino subspecies have been declared extinct since 2011).  Meanwhile, the last wild tigers—estimates are roughly 3,800 remaining—are relentlessly…

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Red panda attacked by dogs, rescued by locals

Locals from a rural village in Ilam rescued a red panda that was being chased by stray dogs. The red panda was later released back into its habitat. RPN Forest Guardian led the effort. Maijogmai Rural Municipality-3 is located in the Himalayan foothills of Eastern Nepal. It is one of six rural municipalities located in Ilam District.…

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Rolpa: A Future Hub for Ecotourism and Red Panda Conservation

Red Panda Network (RPN) is well into its second year of expanding programs into Western Nepal and the local response has been encouraging as people begin to see the livelihood benefits of conservation. ​The mountain forests of Western Nepal are particularly important as they constitute more than half of the habitat available to red pandas…

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No Panda Pets!

Some at-risk species suffer from a lack of public attention and awareness. In the case of the red panda, too much misguided attention may be doing them harm by encouraging the black market trade of red panda pets. Patrick aka Herjolf / Flickr Recently, reports have surfaced of wild red pandas in cages, presumably captured…

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Man arrested in Rukum district for possession of red panda hides

Last week, a police team from Western Rukum Police Administration arrested Bikash BK, a twenty-one-year-old from Banfikot municipality. Three red panda hides were confiscated from BK. According to Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sumit Khadka, a few days before the seizure, the police received information about some people trying to smuggle drugs and tiger skins from…

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Phinju Sherpa: From livestock herder to red panda tracker

He was there in the beginning and he is there now to see the forests protected, communities involved and more wild red pandas than ever before. At the young age of 13, Phinju Sherpa had to make a difficult choice; stay at home on his traditional family farm, or pursue a semi-nomadic herding life raising…

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