What We Do

Founded by Brian Williams in 2007, Red Panda Network has become a world leader in efforts to protect red pandas and their habitat. We use an integrated, landscape-level approach to conservation that is built on the support and participation of local communities.

RPN founder, Brian Williams, and friends.

Our 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. We are working to establish the PIT Red Panda Protected Forest which is the world’s first protected area dedicated to red pandas.

Through adaptive, community-based research, outreach and education, and sustainable development we have reached significant milestones in Nepal. Here are some of them:

  • Conservation programs extended to over 50% of the country’s red panda population and range in 388,100 hectares of forest.
  • Completed first national red panda survey.
  • Expanded National Forest Guardian team to 73 members.
  • Established 10 Forest Conservation Nurseries that have produced nearly 100,000 NTFP saplings including medicinal plants and red panda food plant and tree species
  • Planted 18,000 seedlings of native red panda food plant and tree species in 1,800 acres of degraded forest.
  • Partnered with 50 community groups and 7 local  NGOs in PIT corridor.
  • Awareness programs reached more than 100,000 people living in red panda range.
  • Supported livelihoods of more than 1,000 families.
  • Extended ecotourism programs to economically benefit 150 families.
  • Trained 250 local people in organic farming techniques.We are now replicating our community-based model to Western Nepal where conservation programs are absent and red pandas are under threat of extinction.