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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The Role of Zoos in Red Panda Conservation

At first glance, zoos might seem to exist purely for human entertainment, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Zoos play a key role in aiding and encouraging conservation work, and are able to help conservation projects in ways that on-the-ground operations can’t. While Red Panda Network’s primary focus is on conservation efforts in…

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An Alliance to Stop Red Panda Poaching

In the ongoing battle to save red pandas and their habitat, Red Panda Network (RPN) has added yet another weapon: an anti-poaching alliance. According to a 2014 RPN study, poaching and illegal trade are growing threats to red pandas. Their geographic location makes them vulnerable as it borders several known animal-trafficking routes. The anti-poaching network,…

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National Survey of Red Pandas in Nepal

Red Panda Network is excited to announce the completion of a national red panda survey in Nepal. The existing status of red pandas, Ailurus fulgens, is not well-known at this time. Studies in the past did not provide essential baseline data on the red pandas’ distribution, the number of red pandas in each area, habitat…

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Red Panda Network Forest Guardians: Key to the Future of Red Pandas

Red Panda Network (RPN) follows best practices in wildlife conservation, which finds that the local people living among the wildlife hold the key to a sustainable future for these animals. That is why Red Panda Network is invested in creating a sustainable future for its 54 Forest Guardians and the forest communities living near red…

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Celebrate Earth Day – Red Panda Style!

First observed on April 22, 1970, Earth Day has always been a day for celebrating the natural wonders of our planet. But it has also been a day for action. With so much threatening the longevity of many of our beloved species and places, we must actively push back and fight for their preservation.   What better…

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Red panda conservation through Nettle Fiber Extraction

Red Panda Network (RPN) leads a number of initiatives that help the local people of eastern Nepal earn income while supporting red panda and forest conservation. In this article, we highlight a sustainable livelihood program called Nettle Fiber Extraction. We interviewed RPN Conservation Coordinator, Sonam Tashi Lama, who explained to us the details of the…

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Red Panda Cubs Raised in Rolpa District

This is the true story of two orphaned red panda cubs raised by Lahari and Man Budhamagar of Rolpa District in mid-western Nepal. Lahari Budhamagar burst into tears when she arrived at Central Zoo with the officials of District Forest Office to hand over a pair of red panda cubs which she had raised for five…

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