Sponsor a Forest Guardian

Forest Guardians are the key to the future of red panda: they work within their own communities to create a Community Forest Network, which empowers local people to protect their forests.

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. RPN has 74 FGs in the PIT Red Panda Protected Forest in Eastern Nepal and 12 in our new project area in Western Nepal.

Your Forest Guardian sponsorship not only helps protect the red panda but it supports a family at the same time.
Sponsors will receive:
$50 – $200: Official sponsorship certificate
$200 – $500: Official sponsorship certificate & acknowledgment on website
$500 + Official sponsorship certificate, a personal thank-you letter from Forest Guardian, website acknowledgment

Give monthly and provide direct support to our Forest Guardian team.

Sponsor Needs

Ramesh Rai

Needs one year of support at $1,000 level
Age: 28
Location: Chyangthapu, Panchthar
Primary occupation: Farmer, Livestock herder
Family size: 3
Speaks: Nepali, Rai
Years as Forest Guardian: 7 years
Community Forest: Sunakhari Salleri CF
Skills: Forest and wildlife monitoring, anti-poaching patrolling, nature guide (red panda tracker).


Ramesh is an energetic youth of Chyangthapu village, Eastern Nepal. He has been an RPN forest guardian for seven years. During this time, through various training opportunities, Ramesh has enhanced his capacity for red panda monitoring, red panda tracking, anti-poaching investigation, camera trapping and forest carbon measurement.

Now with the acquired knowledge, he has been educating his fellow community members on the importance of red pandas to local biodiversity.  Ramesh also trains and mobilizes recently recruited Forest Guardians on red panda habitat monitoring and forest patrolling. He is also involved in youth outreach and restoration of degraded water sources within red panda habitat.

Throughout his life, Ramesh has become aware of how unsustainable livestock practices contribute to deforestation: “I’ve witnessed the direct impact of nomadic herding on red panda habitat”. He has been working with local people in adopting improved herding sheds and cooking stoves. Ramesh's passion for red panda conservation and helping people acquire their daily needs is truly inspirational. 

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The Firefox Guardian

A film by Gunjan Menon. 

A conservation love story. Red pandas are a species in peril. But there is a very special community in Eastern Nepal that has come together to protect them. A native of these forests, ‘Menuka Bhattarai,’ is one of only a few women working as a ‘Forest Guardian’ with the Red Panda Network. This is the story of Menuka, an unconventional wildlife warrior, who against all odds is following her heart to save the last of the red pandas.

Watch:
Trailer
Full Film (14 minutes)

 

Current Forest Guardian Sponsorships

Ashok Basnet sponsored for 1 year at $500 by an anonymous donor on September 27th, 2018.
Bishal Gurung sponsored for 1 year at $1,000 level by Cumbria Zoo Company Limited in honor of Safari Zoo on September 11th, 2018.
Shyam Tiwari sponsored for 1 year at $500 level by Hans Sigg on June 27th, 2018.
Bhakti Hang Limbu sponsored for 1 year at $1000 level by Zoo d'Asson on June 10, 2018
Bimala Moktan sponsored for 1 year at $500 level by Michael Nelson in honor of Mhari Lawson on February 23rd, 2018
Dipa Rai sponsored for 1 year at $500 level by Beatrice Potter on February 13th, 2018
Surya Dulal sponsored for 1 year at $1,000 level by John Ball Zoo on December 28th, 2017
Menuka Bhattarai sponsored for 1 year at $1,500 level by John Ball Zoo on December 28th, 2017
Damber Dhoj Rai sponsored for 1 year at $500 level by Beatrice Potter on December 20th, 2017
Lal Bahadur Khabas sponsored for 1 year at $225 level by Rebecca Snyder on December 12th, 2017
Lal Bahadur Khabas sponsored for 1 year at $360 level by Abigail Carbon on October 27th, 2017
Narendra Kumar Rai sponsored for 1 year at $360 level by Beatrice Potter on February 1st, 2017