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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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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