Forest Guardians

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

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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.

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. 

Interested in supporting our Forest Guardian program? Here are two ways:
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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.

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

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


Karuna Rai
Sponsored for 1 year at the $2,500 level by Kolmården Wildlife Park, Kolmården, Sweden
November 26, 2019


Chandrabir Rai
Sponsored for 1 year at the $2,300 level by Tiergarten Nürnberg, Germany.
March 16, 2020

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.

Several of the Forest Guardians Who Can Use Your Support!

Forest Guardian

Kamal Tamang

Location: Makaibarithuladund Community Forest

Beatrice Potter, FG Ambassador

As a passionate conservationist, we are honored to welcome Beatrice Potter as our FG Ambassador. Beatrice has been a generous RPN supporter since 2014 — sponsored FG, Raj Kumar Buda on 12/16/18 — and is now matching gifts from new monthly donors up to $500! 

"To me the FG program is vital as it ensures the involvement of the indigenous population and their understanding of the importance of their unique Red Panda.  It means that through their work on the ground they are making a vital contribution to their local environment as well as ensuring they receive an income which in turn supports their families and way of life."


Individual Sponsorship

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