Forest Guardians

They are the heart of our community-based conservation programs.

Forest Guardians 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 a Forest Guardian helps them build capacity for sustainable income and environmental stewardship.

Total FGs

Meet our Forest Guardians!

​Forest Guardian, Bimala Moktan.

Bimala Moktan
Sponsored for 1 year at the $2,882 level by Conservation Association Beauval Nature, St Aignan, France.
July 8, 2020


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

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


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


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

- 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.


Thank You to Our Forest Guardian Organizational Sponsors!


Indra Rai
Timbu Pokhari Community Forest, Taplejung


Prem Dorjee Sherpa
Chipchipe Community Forest, Ilam


Shyam Tiwari
Choyatar Community Forest, Ilam


Suku Bhote
Deurali Community Forest, Taplejung


Surendra Rai
Kanyadevi Community Forest, Panchthar


Ramesh Rai
Kanyadevi Community Forest, Panchthar

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.