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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Red Pandas Rescued By Norden’s Ark

RPN receives support to construct a center committed to alleviating poverty and ensuring a sustainable future for people and red pandas.  For nearly 12 years, RPN has been working with the communities of Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) corridor in Eastern Nepal to conserve red pandas and their habitat. During this time, we have identified the most prevalent…

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The Future of Red Panda Conservation

How we are fostering a new generation of red panda conservationists in Nepal. Red Panda Network (RPN) knows how important young people are to the future of red pandas. This is why we are working with 29 schools in the Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) corridor of Eastern Nepal to foster environmental stewardship among students.  Our efforts include…

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Rhinos and Red Pandas

In December last year, 26 homestay owners in Nepal discussed best practices in ecotourism. Their dialogue highlighted the importance of all actors in conservation and community. What do rhinos and red pandas have in common? Nothing much, apart from the fact that they are both mammals and vertebrates. Rhinos, or Rhinoceros, is one of five…

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Free-roaming dogs: a major threat to red pandas.

On a daily basis, red pandas face an uphill battle for survival. They are threatened by habitat destruction and fragmentation, illegal poaching, haphazard development work, and untimely weather affecting the flowering of their primary food source, bamboo. Another threat has emerged: numerous free-roaming dogs within the red panda habitat, and they appear to be triggering…

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Experience Red Pandas at Paradise Park – Cornwall

Whether holding a raffle to raise money to adopt a red panda or supporting programs that address deforestation in red panda territory, donors near and far help Red Panda Network (RPN) carry out its mission to save red pandas and their habitat every day. One such donor has taken a creative approach to red panda…

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