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Red Panda Network (RPN) is the world-leading nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting red pandas in all red panda range countries. Since 2007, we have been working with local communities in Nepal to serve as active partners in the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat.

RPN's work began in the Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) corridor of Eastern Nepal. This is one of the most biologically-diverse areas in the world that is home to many unique and threatened species including clouded leopards, Asiatic black bears, Assam macaques, Asiatic wild dogs and red pandas. Here, we are establishing the PIT Red Panda Protected Forest which is the world's first protected area dedicated to red pandas.

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Please send general inquiries to Terrance Fleming, Development Manager, at terrance@redpandanetwork.org or (877) 854-2391 Ext. 101

FAQs

What are red pandas?

Red pandas are a unique and mysterious mammal of the Eastern Himalayas and Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces of China. They have a bear-like body but are slightly larger than a domestic cat—with thick, russet fur except for black on their belly and limbs and white markings on the side of the head and above their eyes.

Red pandas are arboreal (tree-dwelling) who are very skillful and acrobatic climbers. They use their long, bushy tails for balance and to cover themselves like a blanket in the winter.

They are a flagship species and an indicator of ecological health of the Easter Himalayas (nearly 50% of the red panda’s habitat is in the Eastern Himalayas). Unlike the name implies, red pandas are not related to giant pandas and were discovered 50 years earlier. They are the only living member of their own unique family—Ailuridae.

Who is RPN?

RPN is the world’s first nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting red pandas in all red panda range countries. Since 2007, we have been working with local communities in Nepal to serve as active partners in the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat. 

Our central office is in Kathmandu, Nepal (RPN-Asia) and we have a small development team in Eugene, OR, USA.

Who leads RPN?

Ang Phuri Sherpa is the Country Director for RPN. He was hired by RPN in 2014, Ang Phuri worked for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Nepal from 2001 to 2013 as the Project Manager for the Kangchenjunga Conservation Area Project , a joint initiative of WWF and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation;  as the Country Coordinator of a regional level program funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund; as the conservation education teacher for the Annapurna Conservation Area Project in Western Nepal.

Ang Phuri received his Master's Degree in Protected Area and Tourism Management in 1996 from Lincoln University, New Zealand and became the head of conservation education at the Central Zoo, Kathmandu where he helped to formulate the Conservation Education Master Plan.

"I am very excited to join the Red Panda Network team and committed to bringing in over 12 years of experience in community-based red panda conservation. We are losing red pandas because of shrinking habitats caused by anthropogenic activities, but I have a deep-rooted belief that conservation cannot happen on an empty stomach. We must balance the need for conservation along with the need for improving the lives of local people and only then when people have all their basic necessities met, can we support them in becoming true stewards of natural resources."

How does RPN conserve red pandas? 

RPN uses an integrated, landscape-level approach to conservation that is built on the support and participation of local communities. Our primary focus includes:

Research & Monitoring: Delivering usable data through status surveys, baseline studies, and community-based monitoring to inform conservation strategies.

Policy and Advocacy: Empowering local communities to preserve their forests and governments to adopt policies that protect red pandas and their habitat.

Community-­based Conservation: Working with local communities in establishing wildlife corridors and viable red panda populations.

Education and Outreach: Building awareness at local and global scales.

Sustainable Livelihoods: Providing economic alternatives for promoting stewardship and sustainable living.

RPN's work began in the Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) corridor of Eastern Nepal. This is one of the most biologically-diverse areas in the world. This area has the densest population of red panda in Nepal and is home to many unique and threatened species including clouded leopards, Asiatic black bears, Assam macaques and Asiatic wild dogs.

Here, we are establishing the PIT Red Panda Protected Forest which is the world's first protected area dedicated to red pandas. We are now expanding our community-based model to unprotected areas in Nepal.

Where does RPN get its funding?

RPN is supported by donations from individuals and foundations—which includes zoos—located all over the world.

Media Resources 

 About Red Pandas

The red panda is the first panda; they are unique, important and endangered.

About Red Pandas

 About RPN

We are the world's leading conservation organization dedicated to saving the red panda.

About RPN

RPN by the Numbers

Check out our impact on red pandas and the people and wildlife who share their habitat.

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2019-12-16
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2019-12-11
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2019-08-19
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2019-07-13
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2019-06-15
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2019-02-20
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2019-02-20
बन्यजन्तु संरक्षण गर्नुपने माग (Ask for Protection)
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2019-02-15
Red Panda Conservation Becoming Challenging
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2019-02-15
Red Panda Numbers on Rise in Karnali
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2019-02-15
Human Activities Pose Challenge to Red Panda Conservation Efforts
The Rising Nepal

2019-02-14
Conservationists Stress on Collaboration to Protect Red Panda in Nepal
MyRepública

2019-02-14
वन्यजन्तुको चोरी निकासी रोक्न आग्रह (Urge to Stop Theft of the Wildlife)
Rajdhani National Daily

2019-02-13
रेडपाण्डाको ४३ % बासस्थान कर्णालीमा (43% of the Red Pandas in Karnali)
Nirmansanchar.com

2019-01-30
Don’t be fooled by social media—wild animals make terrible pets
National Geographic, Annie Roth

2019-01-29
Rare Marbled Cat Spotted in Panchthar
The Himalayan Times

2019-01-29
नेपालमा ‘मार्बल्ड क्याट’ (The 'Marbled Cat' in Nepal)
NagarikNews

2019-01-28
'Marbled Cat' Photographed for the First Time in Nepal
MyRepublica

2019-01-27
First Photographic Record of Rare Marbled Cat in Nepal
Nature Khabar

2019-01-27
Mysterious Marbled Cat Captured On Camera In Nepal
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2019-01-27
नेपालमा ‘मार्बल्ड क्याट’  (The 'Marbled Cat' in Nepal)
Hakahakionline

2019-01-25
How Nepalis Are Saving Red Pandas in Nepal
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