Since 2007, RPN has been working with local communities in Nepal to serve as active partners in the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat.
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Red Panda Facts
- Red pandas are not related to giant pandas and were discovered 50 years earlier.
- Red pandas have been identified as an indicator species of the Eastern Himalaya n temperate broadleaf forest ecoregion: a global biodiversity hotspot.
- Red pandas are the only living member of their own taxonomic family.
- The global red panda population has declined by 50% over the last 20 years. It is estimated that there are somewhere between 2,500 and 10,000 remaining in the wild.
- Red pandas are listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List
Red Panda Network is committed to the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat through the education and empowerment of local communities. Our thematic work areas are:
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.