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  • Many photographers take great pains to compose the perfect photo. But few, perhaps, go to the lengths Red Panda Network board member Axel Gebauer took to photograph and film one of the world’s most elusive animals: the red panda. Breathtaking shots of lush forests, unspoiled rivers and the Himalayan skyline belie the hard work that […]

  • Do you love red pandas? Have a passion for photography? Then have we got a trip for you… Introducing our new Himalayan Red Panda Phototrip. It’s like one of our ecotrips, but with an emphasis on photography. Whether you’re an experienced photographer or a novice looking to improve your skills, this trip offers a one-of-a-kind […]

  • In a tiny village near the Nepal-India border, a small innovation in cooking methods is making a big difference in the lives of red pandas and the people who share their home. With the help of Red Panda Network, families in Dobate, a settlement of 11 households in Ilam district, began using metal cookstoves in […]

  • One of the simplest aspects of wildlife conservation also happens to be one of the most challenging: spreading awareness. The simple part is putting the information out there; the challenge is getting people to pay attention to it. That’s why, in addition to their own awareness efforts, organizations like the Red Panda Network (RPN) actively […]

  • Not everyone is familiar with the term “ecotourism” or the concept behind it, but even those who are don’t always understand the full extent of its impact. Essentially, ecotourism is an alternative to mainstream tourism that allows travelers to vacation in a more environmentally and economically responsible manner. When properly implemented, ecotourism minimizes waste, pollution […]

  • Red Panda Network has launched our first conservation project in Bhutan! This is our first in situ conservation project in a country other than Nepal, and is a wonderful chance to expand our community-based efforts to protect red pandas and their habitat in another another of the red panda’s range countries. Bhutan, like Nepal, is a landlocked […]

  • Red Panda Network is establishing the world’s first protected area dedicated to red pandas: the Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) Red Panda Protected Forest in eastern Nepal. We’re working with local community forest groups to have this area declared a protected forest, which under Nepalese law can be done by any community forest group. This protected forest will […]

  • While poor land management practices, poaching and disease remain current threats to red pandas, a further rise in global temperatures could make them and other plants and animals that share their range even more vulnerable, researchers say. Recent studies suggest that global warming could cause bamboo species in lower altitudes in China to move to […]

  • Collecting data on the elusive red panda usually has been an arduous task. The terrain where the pandas live in the mountains of Nepal is rough, often unreachable by vehicle. Once field biologists collected the data, they faced other obstacles in getting the information from the field to the central office. The entire process frequently took […]