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.

Red Panda Network (RPN) is the world’s first nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting red pandas. 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 conservation philosophy is:

  • Research and 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.

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 have established 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 remaining unprotected areas in Nepal.

RPN founder, Brian Williams, and friends.
RPN founder, Brian Williams, and friends.
PIT Red Panda Protected Forest. Photo by Axel Gebauer
PIT Red Panda Protected Forest. Photo by Axel Gebauer