• Nim Sherpa—Red Panda Steward

    A woman in Nepal has some unexpected experiences that put her on a path to feeling better and environmental stewardship. Burning eyes. Headaches. Difficulty breathing.  These are some of the consequences of using traditional cooking stoves in poorly ventilated homes. Unfortunately, this is the reality for many people living in rural parts of the developing […]

  • Press Release: Ten Red Pandas Collared in Nepal For Groundbreaking Study

    > Download a PDF of the Press Release Kathmandu, Nepal — Ten wild red pandas have been equipped with GPS-satellite collars in the Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) Corridor: a belt of forest that connects protected areas in Nepal and India. This is Nepal’s first red panda GPS collar study. Led by the Ministry of Forests and Environment, Department […]

  • Red Panda Conservation Scholarships for Education

    Poverty creates challenges for students in Nepal but Red Panda Network supporters — led by a dedicated team of monthly donors — are making a difference with important education scholarships. According to UNICEF,  more than a third of Nepal’s 12.6 million children live below the national poverty line.  While significant progress has been made in […]

  • A Trip to the Zoo Becomes a Boon to Red Pandas Worldwide

    An Animal Park and an Endowment Fund Team Up for Conservation. When visitors to Parc Animalier d’Auvergne, a zoo in south-central France, paid admission in 2019, they not only paid to see the animals, they contributed to wildlife conservation. Thanks to a joint project called Euro Nature, Parc Animalier d’Auvergne and the endowment fund La […]

  • Stop the Illegal Red Panda Trade – 2019 Update

    Never before has illegal wildlife trade been such a threat to the future of the endangered species of our planet.  A colossal ivory market continues to grow and fuel the rapid decline of elephants and rhinos (three rhino subspecies have been declared extinct since 2011).  Meanwhile, the last wild tigers—estimates

  • Raising Red Pandas: It Takes a Village—and a Plan

    ‘Tis the season for red panda babies. As summer in the Northern Hemisphere approaches, zoos remain on watch for another year of successful red panda births. In late April, Birmingham (Ala.) Zoo announced that its red panda Sorrel is pregnant. The news comes a year after zoos around the world

  • No Trees, No Red Pandas—No life

    She witnessed the forests being decimated; now, she fights to protect them as RPN’s first female Forest Guardian in Western Nepal. Shanti Malla grew up in the rural hills of Dailekh district in Western Nepal. She remembers venturing into the forests to gather fuelwood and graze livestock. Sometimes Malla would

  • Shouldering the Burden of Conservation: Why We All Should Be Visiting Our Local Zoos

    If you are paying any sort of attention lately, you probably know that plastic, while convenient, is not the best for our planet. Maybe you have opted for reusable grocery bags and given up one-time use straws. Maybe you carry one of those fancy water bottles (my friends at work

  • Building A Foundation for Red Panda Conservation and Sustainable Living

    Construction has begun on Nepal’s first center committed to alleviating poverty and ensuring a sustainable future for people and red pandas. On May 24th, Ghanendra Maden, District Coordination Committee Chairperson for Taplejung district and Bam Bahadur Bhattarai, Vice-Chairperson of Phungling Municipality—the location of the project site—laid the foundation stone for

  • Happy Hollow Zoo: A Heavyweight for Red Panda Conservation

    Happy Hollow Zoo opens red panda exhibit and commits to the preservation of this endangered species. Many people say that a house isn’t a home without a dog (cat, hedgehog, anole, enter favored animal companion here). You could say something similar about a zoo—yes, technically you can have an excellent

  • Record red panda sightings in Eastern Nepal

    A group of eight ecotrippers arrived in Nepal to see red pandas in their native habitat. They saw eight during the most successful ecotrip in RPN history. It was late November when participants of Red Panda Network (RPN)’s 2018 Eco Zoo Trip arrived in the Himalayan hills of Eastern Nepal.

  • RPN celebrates 100 Forest Guardians by planting forests for red pandas!

    On Thursday, April 18th, Krishna Basnet, and Nar Bahadur Basnet walked into the woods on their first day as Forest Guardians (FGs). Within their quiet footsteps was a well-deserved celebration: after many years and much hard work RPN's Forest Guardian program had grown to 100 members strong! This journey began

  • Red panda attacked by dogs, rescued by locals

    Locals from a rural village in Ilam rescued a red panda that was being chased by stray dogs. The red panda was later released back into its habitat. RPN Forest Guardian led the effort. Maijogmai Rural Municipality-3 is located in the Himalayan foothills of Eastern Nepal. It is one of six rural