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 ago, the police had received…

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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 canopy of mixed pine, rhododendron,…

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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 partner, Medway Charitable Trust. “This…

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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 and vanished inside the dense…

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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 be doubled. Red panda adoptions…

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Thousands Celebrate 9th Annual International Red Panda Day

Communities throughout Nepal observed International Red Panda Day (IRPD) 2018 with speech competitions, art activities and film viewings. Taking place every year on the third Saturday of September, IRPD is a day to not only celebrate the red panda but also to educate people about red pandas and the threats to their survival. In the…

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RPN Supports Nepal’s First Red Panda Conservation Action Plan

Red Panda Network (RPN) is providing key support for Nepal’s first red panda conservation action plan. The Ministry of Forests and Environment (MoFE) of the Government of Nepal has launched a five-year (2019-2023) “Red Panda Conservation Action Plan for Nepal” to boost efforts to conserve red pandas in the wild. This is Nepal’s first of…

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Red Panda Conservation Creates Ripples Among Rural Communities

RPN responds to poverty with multi-tiered programs that strengthen local economies while supporting people in achieving sustainable lives.  Communities are unable to prioritize conservation when they are preoccupied with the struggle to meet their basic needs. For the under-resourced people of Eastern Nepal, this struggle is real as they face inadequate access to resources—such as clean drinking…

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Stop the Trade: Kickoff in Western Nepal

RPN has launched the largest and most comprehensive effort to stop the illegal red panda trade. We kicked off this campaign on September 11th in Western Nepal with a two-day Wildlife Crime Control workshop in Jajarkot district. On Saturday, September 15th—International Red Panda Day—we organized the same event in Jumla district. 50 people participated in…

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Stories from Red Panda Range: Dawa Sherpa

Dawa Lakpa Sherpa is a 32-year-old resident of Dobato, Ilam of Eastern Nepal and homestay operator. Besides homestay hosting, his source of income includes vegetable farming and medicinal plant cultivation. Dawa is educated and is a natural leader—qualities that make him a prime candidate for civic duty. It is not surprising that local people elected…

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