Forest Guardians

Forest Guardians work within their own communities to create a Community Forest Network, which empowers local people to protect their forests.

Why Are Forest Guardians Important?

Forest Guardians (FGs) are local people who are paid to monitor and protect red panda habitat, as well as educate communities. The payment they receive supports their families and their experience as an FG helps them build capacity for sustainable income and environmental stewardship.

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Learn More About the Work of a Forest Guardian

The Firefox Guardian - A film by Gunjan Menon.
This is the story of Menuka Bhattarai, an unconventional wildlife warrior, who against all odds is following her heart to save the last of the red pandas.

RPN has 111 Forest Guardians:

76 work in the PIT Red Panda Protected Forest in Eastern Nepal
35 work in our new project area in Western Nepal

Providing training, salary, clothing, and gear for Forest Guardians adds up.
Your sponsorship helps to protect red pandas and support a family at the same time.
Your support provides:
$2,500: Field gear and clothing, salary, training and all activities for one year.
$1,000: Salary and training.
$500: Salary and field gear.
$50-$250: Field gear and clothing.

Thank you to Our Forest Guardian Organizational Sponsors!


Shanti Malla
Sponsored for 1 year at the $2,500 level by Leipzig Zoo, Leipzig, Germany.
October 28, 2019


Menuka Bhattarai
Sponsored for 1 year at the $2,500 level by Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK.
June 11, 2019

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Several of the Forest Guardians Who Can Use Your Support!

Forest Guardian

Chandrabir Rai

Location: Singhadevi Community Forest

Forest Guardian

Kamal Tamang

Location: Makaibarithuladund Community Forest

Forest Guardian

Karuna Rai

Location: Himalisundarpur Community Forest

Organizational Sponsorship

If your zoo, or company/institution would like to sponsor a Forest Guardian please email:

Individual Sponsorship

Give monthly; provide direct support to our Forest Guardian team with a monthly subscription.

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