• Press Release: Ten Red Pandas Collared in Nepal For Groundbreaking Study

    > Download a PDF of the Press Release Kathmandu, Nepal — Ten wild red pandas have been equipped with GPS-satellite collars in the Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) Corridor: a belt of forest that connects protected areas in Nepal and India. This is Nepal’s first red panda GPS collar study. Led by the Ministry of Forests and Environment, Department […]

  • Red Panda Conservation Scholarships for Education

    Poverty creates challenges for students in Nepal but Red Panda Network supporters — led by a dedicated team of monthly donors — are making a difference with important education scholarships. According to UNICEF,  more than a third of Nepal’s 12.6 million children live below the national poverty line.  While significant progress has been made in […]

  • A Trip to the Zoo Becomes a Boon to Red Pandas Worldwide

    An Animal Park and an Endowment Fund Team Up for Conservation. When visitors to Parc Animalier d’Auvergne, a zoo in south-central France, paid admission in 2019, they not only paid to see the animals, they contributed to wildlife conservation. Thanks to a joint project called Euro Nature, Parc Animalier d’Auvergne and the endowment fund La […]

  • A Photo Within A Photo Within A Photo: The Cosmic Side of Red Panda Conservation

    The first female Forest Guardian breaks through cultural barriers and inspires women all over the world as a conservation hero to all. “I’ll do whatever it takes to protect Red Pandas.” Menuka Bhattarai says this in Gunjan Menon’s award-winning film, The Firefox Guardian, and I believe her.  As I watch this remarkable film for the […]

  • Record red panda sightings in Eastern Nepal

    A group of eight ecotrippers arrived in Nepal to see red pandas in their native habitat. They saw eight during the most successful ecotrip in RPN history. It was late November when participants of Red Panda Network (RPN)’s 2018 Eco Zoo Trip arrived in the Himalayan hills of Eastern Nepal.

  • RPN celebrates 100 Forest Guardians by planting forests for red pandas!

    On Thursday, April 18th, Krishna Basnet, and Nar Bahadur Basnet walked into the woods on their first day as Forest Guardians (FGs). Within their quiet footsteps was a well-deserved celebration: after many years and much hard work RPN's Forest Guardian program had grown to 100 members strong! This journey began

  • Red panda attacked by dogs, rescued by locals

    Locals from a rural village in Ilam rescued a red panda that was being chased by stray dogs. The red panda was later released back into its habitat. RPN Forest Guardian led the effort. Maijogmai Rural Municipality-3 is located in the Himalayan foothills of Eastern Nepal. It is one of six rural

  • 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

  • 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. Recently, reports have surfaced of wild red pandas in cages, presumably captured

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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