A Unique Strength: How Ecotourism Can Save the Wild

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…

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Protecting Red Pandas and Herder Livelihoods in Bhutan

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…

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PIT Red Panda Protected Forest

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…

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Red Pandas and Climate Change

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…

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Monitoring Red Pandas Got A Lil’ Easier!

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…

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Going Door-to-Door for Red Pandas

When it comes to wildlife conservation, even the youngest of volunteers can make an impact. Take the example of Sydney Wheeler (age 9) and Lilly Lachmuth (age 8), who recently went door-to-door through their Doylestown, Pennsylvania neighborhood collecting donations in support of red pandas. Sydney’s father, Jeff, relays the story: “Sydney has always loved red…

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The Changing Role of Women in Red Panda Conservation

Out of the Red Panda Network (RPN)’s 72 Forest Guardians in Nepal, Menuka Bhhatari is one of four women. Despite the fact that women tend to be the predominant forest users in Nepal, getting involved in conservation efforts isn’t always easy for them. ​Bhhatari has been threatened by poachers who try and convince her that…

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RPN New Member Spotlight: Pema Sherpa

We’re pleased to welcome Pema Sherpa as the newest member of the RPN conservation team. As Conservation Coordinator, Pema will assist in implementing RPN’s activities in eastern Nepal by coordinating between RPN and its field partners. Some of her responsibilities include designing and establishing monitoring programs for red pandas and their habitat; collecting baseline data…

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International Red Panda Day 2016

With the right attitude, any day can be a celebration. November 23 is National Eat a Cranberry Day in the United States, April 12 is Yuri’s Night, commemorating the first time a human being went to space; and you can join the good people of Madagascar in celebrating their independence on June 26. For every…

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Eco Zoo Trips: Q & A with Trip Host Sarah Jones

A veteran zookeeper at Hamilton Zoo in New Zealand, Sarah Jones has been actively involved with the Red Panda Network for more than 10 years. Initially serving as a field research assistant for the organization, Sarah now plays an important role in hosting RPN’s Eco Zoo Trips, a unique field expedition specifically geared toward wildlife professionals.…

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