• A Photo Within A Photo Within A Photo: The Cosmic Side of Red Panda Conservation

    The first female Forest Guardian breaks through cultural barriers and inspires women all over the world as a conservation hero to all. “I’ll do whatever it takes to protect Red Pandas.” Menuka Bhattarai says this in Gunjan Menon’s award-winning film, The Firefox Guardian, and I believe her.  As I watch this remarkable film for the […]

  • Zoo Atlanta Honors Idgie By Saving Red Pandas In The Wild

    Idgie was an ambassador for her species who inspired people to join Zoo Atlanta in conserving red pandas in the wild. This spring, Zoo Atlanta lost a favorite resident: Idgie, a red panda, who passed away shortly before reaching fourteen years of age—a long life by red panda standards, but too short for her fans […]

  • 5 Ways You Can Celebrate Earth Day 2020 and Save Red Pandas during Quarantine

    Red pandas may thrive in solitude but many of us are likely feeling the restlessness that comes with shelter-in-place. Here are 5 ways you can create change from the comfort of your own home! 1. Become a Red Panda Ranger! Looking for something fun and educational to do with your child at home? Join RPN […]

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Highlights Need to Stop Illegal Trade of Red Pandas and Other Wildlife

    As humanity continues to endure COVID-19, RPN bolsters efforts to stop the illegal red panda trade and to protect pangolins. We love introducing more people to red pandas. They are incredibly intelligent, whimsical, and cute animals. But as red panda popularity has risen, so has poaching; whether they’re killed for their furs, or captured to […]

  • Rolpa: A Future Hub for Ecotourism and Red Panda Conservation

    Red Panda Network (RPN) is well into its second year of expanding programs into Western Nepal and the local response has been encouraging as people begin to see the livelihood benefits of conservation. ​The mountain forests of Western Nepal are particularly important as they constitute more than half of the

  • No Panda Pets!

    Some at-risk species suffer from a lack of public attention and awareness. In the case of the red panda, too much misguided attention may be doing them harm by encouraging the black market trade of red panda pets. Recently, reports have surfaced of wild red pandas in cages, presumably captured

  • Man arrested in Rukum district for possession of red panda hides

    Last week, a police team from Western Rukum Police Administration arrested Bikash BK, a twenty-one-year-old from Banfikot municipality. Three red panda hides were confiscated from BK. According to Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sumit Khadka, a few days before the seizure, the police received information about some people trying to smuggle

  • Phinju Sherpa: From livestock herder to red panda tracker

    He was there in the beginning and he is there now to see the forests protected, communities involved and more wild red pandas than ever before. At the young age of 13, Phinju Sherpa had to make a difficult choice; stay at home on his traditional family farm, or pursue

  • Red Panda Hide Seized in Jajarkot

    Authorities have arrested three people for smuggling a red panda hide in Nalgad municipality in Jajarkot, one of the most remote and mountainous districts in Nepal. Acting on a tip,  Jajarkot police arrested Ganesh Sunar, 25, and Yubaraj B.K., 24, for possession of a red panda skin. About 5 months

  • First Red Pandas Photographed in Western Nepal!

    Forest Guardian, Kamal Nepali, photographs first red pandas since RPN's expansion to Western Nepal. On the morning of November 22, 2018, RPN Forest Guardian, Kamal Nepali, and his wife, were walking in Sankadaha Community Forest of Jajarkot district, Western Nepal. A cold breeze was blowing as sunlight pierced through the

  • Help RPN connect red panda habitats in Western Nepal!

    Thanks to Giving Tuesday support, RPN will expand to core habitat areas in Western Nepal. But this is just the beginning.   On November 27th, 2018, people all over the world gave generously and helped Red Panda Network (RPN) raise over $20,000 on Giving Tuesday. All donations were matched by RPN

  • Menuka Bhattarai: The Firefox Guardian

    RPN's first female Forest Guardian—and the focus of the award-winning documentary The Firefox Guardian—shares her story and how she fell in love with the endangered red panda. Just over a decade ago, Menuka Bhattarai was walking through the forest in Eastern Nepal, when a colorful cat-like animal crossed her path

  • Your Holiday Guide to Gifts and Giving!

    Happy Holidays from Red Panda Network! Here are 6 ways you can make an impact for red pandas — while giving fantastic gifts — this holiday season: #1 Double your impact for red pandas! Thanks to Happy Hollow Park & Zoo and San Francisco Zoo, every dollar you give for red pandas will