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. Our conservation programs extend to over one million acres of forest and 50% of Nepal’s red panda range! We work with community partners in 10 districts (of 23 red panda range districts) in Nepal with over 50 Community Forest User Groups in adopting sustainable forest management practices.

Our Progress: A 'History of Firsts'

  • In 2007, Red Panda Network (RPN) becomes the world’s first nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting red pandas. We work with local communities in Nepal to serve as active partners in the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat. Our core thematic areas are:

Red Panda Network — Core Themes

  • Research & Monitoring

    Delivering usable data through status surveys, baseline studies, and community-based monitoring to inform conservation strategies. Learn more.

  • Sustainable Livelihoods

    Providing alternatives to communities for promoting sustainable living and stewardship.
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  • Habitat Management

    Working with local communities in establishing wildlife corridors and viable red panda populations.
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  • Policy & Advocacy

    Empowering local communities to preserve their forests and governments to adopt policies that protect red pandas and their habitat. Learn more.

  • Education & Outreach

    Building awareness at local and global scales.
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  • In 2007, created Project Punde Kundo, the world’s first community-based red panda population monitoring program.

 

  • 2007, began establishing the Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) Red Panda Protected Forest: the world's first protected area dedicated to red pandas.

 

  • 2016, worked with the Government of Nepal's Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation to develop the world's first protocol for community-based red panda field survey and monitoring.

 

  • 2016, collaborated with the Government of Nepal to complete the nation's first national red panda population and habitat survey. The presence of red pandas was discovered for the first time in Lamjung, Bhojpur and Dolpa districts!

 

  • 2018, Western Nepal saw its first red panda conservation programs when we expanded our community-based model to the region's unprotected areas.

 

  • 2018, provided key support for Nepal’s first five-year (2019-2023) red panda conservation action plan.

 

  • 2018, launched the largest and most comprehensive effort to stop the illegal red panda trade. First anti-poaching networks in Nepal!
Wild red panda in Bhutan.
Wild red panda in Bhutan.
  • 2019, in collaboration with Rotterdam Zoo, our intensive camera trap mammal survey in Eastern Nepal provided the country's first photographic evidence of the endangered marbled cat.

 

  • 2019, provided technical support to Bhutan in developing their first red panda conservation action plan.

 

  • 2019, began construction of the world's first Sustainable Living Center dedicated to ensuring a sustainable future for people and red pandas. 

 

  • 2019, launched Plant A Red Panda Home — the first campaign to reforest core habitat​, connect fragmented forest and create a wildlife corridor and ​sustain a viable red panda population in Nepal. 

 

  • 2019, initiated Nepal's first GPS-collaring project for red pandas where we successfully equipped ten wild red pandas with GPS-satellite collars.

 

  • 2020, purchased 22 acres of private land for Plant A Red Panda Home in Jaubari, Eastern Nepal. This is the first-time land has been purchased for the restoration of red panda habitat in Nepal!

Partners in the Field

RPN implements community-based programs through strategic collaborations with our community partners.

Eastern Nepal

Himali Conservation Forum - Taplejung district

The Himali Conservation Forum helps manage our Forest Guardians and ecotrips in Yamphudin, Phurumbu and Surumkhim Village Development Committees. They have 10 years of experience managing conservation projects and ecotourism development. For more information, please contact: rameshhcf@yahoo.com

Mountain Organization Nepal (MOON) - Ilam district

Since 2002, MOON (formerly SHAHPCI) has fostered sustainable livelihoods through the promotion and commercialization of wild medicinal and aromatic plants. They help us manage community-based red panda monitoring and ecotrips in Ilam district. For more information, please email: moonilam02@gmail.com

Shree Deep Jyoti Youth Club (DJYC) - Panchthar district.

DJYC has more than 14 years of experience in managing natural resource management projects at the community level. Their experienced staff helps us implement community-based red panda monitoring and manage our Forest Guardian program in Panchthar district. For more information, please email: djycpanchthar@gmail.com

Western Nepal

Danphe Yuwa Club - Jajarkot district

Human Right Awareness Center - Rolpa district

Human Rights Environment Development Campaign and Research Center - Rukum district