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  • This Endangered Species Day, we have a creative solution to herder poverty and environmental degradation in red panda habitat. For many generations, animal husbandry has been the predominant occupation for the high-altitude communities in red panda habitat. In our project area in eastern Nepal, each livestock herder has around 30 to 40 Chauri, Yak, horse […]

  • Programs that foster sustainable livelihoods and alleviate poverty among local communities are essential to saving red pandas in Nepal. Thanks to Nordens Ark, our impact will be bigger than ever with the Sustainable Living Center. Situated on nearly 1,000 acres of historic land in Sweden, Nordens Ark has been working tirelessly to ensure endangered animals […]

  • From household chores to entrepreneurship, women in rural Nepal find economic empowerment and environmental stewardship. Gaura Neupane grew up in a small village in Kalikot district, western Nepal. This is a remote and rural place; a patchwork of agriculture and mountain forests make up the landscape.   The setting of this story is significant. Western Nepal […]

  • We’re in the final weeks of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Red pandas may not be too happy about it. If you’re reading this article, odds are that you’re a human (and if not, congrats on learning how to read, member of another species). One of the most interesting things about humans, and primates in […]

  • Red Panda Network is committed to recruiting more female Forest Guardians and providing educational scholarships for female students. On International Women’s Day 2021, join us in Empowering Women During Covid-19! Our field staff had the pleasure of interviewing a few of our female Forest Guardians and we are pleased to share their courageous stories and […]

  • As humans worldwide continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, so, too, must nature. According to several reports Conservation International released in 2020, pandemic restrictions and lockdowns left wildlife and wildlands unprotected, resulting in increased animal trafficking and deforestation. Unfortunately, red pandas and their habitat are not immune. A Growing Center of Illegal Trade While […]

  • The popularity of red pandas will rise with the release of Pixar’s “Turning Red.” The film may also help raise support for the conservation of this endangered species. When people think of red panda conservation, they often think of it as a battle on two fronts: in situ conservation and ex situ conservation. In situ […]

  • We’re working with livestock herders in Nepal to end a water crisis and save red panda habitat. “These animals are everything to me.” Santiram Bista is referring to the cows, goats and buffalo he raises to make butter or ghiu, and crushed butter (locally known as churpi). Bista, a 59-year-old father of five from Phungling […]

  • Local people come to the aid of the firefox as the Pathibhara wildfire burns a vulnerable landscape. A wildfire has been scorching high-mountain forest near the summit of Pathibhara hill in eastern Nepal’s Taplejung district. This is a location of prime red panda habitat that is very close to where a red panda was spotted […]