Forest Guardians

Forest Guardians are the heart of our community-based approach to conservation

RPN follows best practices in wildlife conservation, which finds that the local people living alongside wildlife are critical to a sustainable future for these animals.

That is why we have invested in creating a sustainable future for over 100 Forest Guardians and the forest communities living among red pandas.

Forest Guardians are local people we have hired as professional forest stewards who 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.

Total Number of Forest Guardians

Work in the PIT Red Panda Protected Forest in Eastern Nepal

Work in our new project area in Western Nepal

Learn More About the Work of 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.

Support Sustainable Livelihoods

People, like you, who support RPN's work on a monthly basis are known as Panda Guardians.

Contribute today, and support sustainable livelihoods.


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


Providing training, salary, clothing, and gear for Forest Guardians adds up.
Your sponsorship helps to protect red pandas and supports 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.

Please note, these are symbolic sponsorships and amounts do not go entirely to an individual, funds might be used for the other team members within the Forest Guardian program.

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


Ngima Dawa Sherpa
Sponsored for 1 year at the $2,300 level by Sainte-Croix Biodiversité.
May 26, 2020

Forest Guardians Who Need Sponsorship

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

​Forest Guardian, Bimala Moktan.

Bimala Moktan
Jaljale Community Forest, Panchthar


Bishal Gurung
Choyatar Community Forest, Ilam


Prem Dorjee Sherpa
Chipchipe Community Forest, Ilam


Shyam Tiwari
Choyatar Community Forest, Ilam


Surendra Rai
Kanyadevi Community Forest, Panchthar


Ramesh Rai
Kanyadevi Community Forest, Panchthar


Indra Rai
Timbu Pokhari Community Forest, Taplejung


Suku Bhote
Deurali Community Forest, Taplejung


Support Forest Guardians by giving monthly.

By donating on an ongoing basis you provide direct support to our Forest Guardian team.

Monthly donors are known as "Panda Guardians."

Become a Panda Guardian today.

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