Rescue the First Panda

Red pandas are in trouble but together we can save them. 

Did you know that red pandas are not related to giant pandas and were discovered 50 years before?

Did you know that the first panda is endangered? The global red panda population has declined by 50% over the last 20 years and there may be as few as 2,500 remaining in the wild.

Global red panda numbers are in decline.
Global red panda numbers are in decline.
Red panda rescued in Chaite, Ilam, Eastern Nepal.
Red panda rescued in Chaite, Ilam, Eastern Nepal.

Extreme poverty and human population growth are driving locals to heavily depend on the forest’s finite resources for their survival.

As forests are cleared for farmland and development, and degraded by intensive grazing, the results have been disastrous for Himalayan wildlife and red pandas.  

Furthermore, red pandas are poached for their fur and trafficked to meet a growing demand in the black market pet trade.

The situation is dire but Red Panda Network is making a difference:

Red Panda Network is the world leader in red panda conservation. 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 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 alternatives to communities for promoting sustainable living and stewardship.