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 habitat available to red pandas…

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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. Patrick aka Herjolf / Flickr Recently, reports have surfaced of wild red pandas in cages, presumably captured…

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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 drugs and tiger skins from…

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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 a semi-nomadic herding life raising…

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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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