First Panda Challenge
Red pandas are threatened with extinction.
According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, the global red panda population has declined by 50% over the last 20 years. There may be as few as 2,500 remaining in the wild.
Red pandas are the only living member of their own unique family (Ailuridae) and an indicator of the ecological health of the Eastern Himalayas—a global biodiversity hotspot. Unlike the name implies, they are not related to giant pandas and were discovered 50 years earlier!
This is why we have launched the First Panda Challenge: a response to the endangered status of such a unique and important species.
We are seeking committed partners to join us as First Panda Challengers. Your gift will double the impact of donations made during Giving Tuesday and our year-end campaign and bolster our efforts to conserve wild red pandas.
This is crucial in a time when the endangered panda is losing habitat to agriculture and human settlement and has become the target of poaching for the black market pet trade.
Thankfully our supporters have helped us reach some important conservation milestones, including:
- unprecedented red panda sightings in the Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) corridor of Eastern Nepal. This is a strong indicator of the impact our community-based programs are having on Himalayan biodiversity.
- 100 Forest Guardians in Nepal! Forest Guardians are the heart of our community-based approach. They are local people employed to monitor and protect the forests as well as educate their communities.
We must continue this kind of progress. Support from our First Panda Challengers will help ensure a future for red pandas in the Eastern Himalayas. All challenge donors will receive special recognition on our partners webpage, social media and educational materials.
For more information and to receive a challenge grant proposal from RPN, please contact Terrance Fleming, Development Manager, at (877) 854-2391 Ext. 101 or email@example.com.