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Sponsor a Forest Guardian

Introducing the Red Panda Network Forest Guardians

FG's of Ilam

Support a Forest Guardian, their family, and the preservation of red pandas and their habitat for $30 a month or $360 a year.

Red Panda Network has tripled our red panda monitoring and conservation area in 2013/14 to include 54 Forest Guardians from 27 Village Development Communities (VDCs), working in 35 Community Forests and 4 National Forests. But this number needs to continue to grow in order to protect red pandas and their habitat from threats such as deforestation and illegal poaching.

Why Sponsor a Red Panda Network Forest Guardian?

Forest Guardians are the key to the future of red panda: they mobilize the community into action in preserving the biodiversity of local forests.

Forest Guardians work within their respective communities to create a Community Forest Network, which empowers local people to protect their forests. They monitor and protect red panda habitat, as well as educate their communities about the importance of red panda to their future. They monitor red panda habitat monthly in order to collect the important baseline data that enables us to develop effective conservation strategies and assess our ongoing conservation efforts.

Your Red Panda Network Forest Guardian sponsorship not only helps protect the Red Panda in its natural habitat. It helps support a family at the same time. Your sponsorship will fund Forest Guardian base salary, training and dispatch, protective field clothing & gear, and field research equipment.

From Ilam District 

  Arjun Rai

Arjun Rai-PyangAge: 32 years
Location: Pyang Patal Community Forest
Marital Status: Married
Family Members: 3
Profession: Agriculture
Monthly Sponsorship
One-Time Sponsorship

 Dal Bahadur Gurung

Dal Bahadur Gurung-MaimajhuwaAge: 35 years
Location: Pokhari Danda Community Forest
Marital Status: Married
Family Members: 6
Profession: Agriculture
Monthly Sponsorship
One-Time Sponsorship


Dev Kumar Limbu

Dev Kumar Limbu-MabuAge: 35 years
Location: Surke National Forest
Marital Status: Unmarried
Family Members: 5
Profession: Agriculture
Monthly Sponsorship
One-Time Sponsorship

Indra Bahadur Gurung

Indra Bahadur Gurung-MaimajhuwaAge: 45 years
Location: Chintapu Community Forest
Marital Status: Married
Family Members: 5
Profession: Agriculture

Sponsored for Grandma Phyllis and Grandpa David by the Reck Family on December 13th!

Jasman Rai

Jasman Rai-MaipokhariAge: 58 years
Location: Jarbutte Bhalupani Community Forest
Marital Status: Married
Family Members: 3
Profession: Agriculture

Sponsorship Opportunity Coming Soon! 

Kul Bahadur Subedi

Kul Bahadur Subedi - JogmaiAge: 40 years
Location: Kalikhop Dadheli Community Forest
Marital Status: Married
Family Members: 7
Profession: Agriculture

Sponsorship Opportunity Coming Soon!


Lakpa Tenzi Sherpa

Lhakpa Tenzi Sherpa-MabuAge: 24 years
Name of Forest: Rachane National Forest
Marital Status: Unmarried
Family Members: 5
Education: 10 Class
Location: Mabu-8, Ilam, Nepal
Profession: Agriculture
Annual Income:45,000 /- NPR

“I also work as a red panda tracker to show red pandas in wild to the red panda eco-trippers.”

 Narendra Kumar Rai

Narendra Kumar Rai-MaipokhariName of Community Forest: Jarbutte Bhalupani
Age: 50 years
Marital Status: Married
Family Members: 5
Education: 5 Class
Location: Maipokhari-9, Ilam, Nepal
Profession: Agriculture
Annual Income: 50,000 /- NPR

 Nim Sange Sherpa

Neem Sange Sherpa-PuwamajhuwaAge: 20 years
Name of Community Forest: Kalapokhari Tham Danda
Marital Status: Married
Family Members: 8
Education: 12 Class
Location: Puwamajhuwa-4, Ilam, Nepal
Profession: Agriculture
Annual Income: 25,000 /- NPR
 Prem Dorje Sherpa

Prem Dorje Sherpa - Jogmai (1)Age: 28 years
Name of Community Forest: Thumke Chipchipe
Marital Status: Married
Family Members: 6
Education: 12 Class
Location: Jogmai VDC-6, Ilam, Nepal
Profession: Agriculture
Annual Income: 50,000 /- NPR

Surya Bhattarai


Age: 36 years
Marital Status: Married
Family Numbers: 5
Location: Mamankhe VDC, Ward No.9, Taplejung, Nepal
Profession: Agriculture
Annual Income: 25,000/- NPR

Menuka Bhattarai


Age: 26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Marital Status: Unmarried
Family size: 8
Location: Phawakhola VDC, Ward No.9, Taplejung, Nepal
Profession: Agriculture
Annual Income: 20,000/-NPR

Ratna Bahadur Baniya


Age: 35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Marital Status: Married
Family size: 5
Location: Kalikhola VDC, Ward No.7, Taplejung, Nepal
Profession: Agriculture
Annual Income: 15,000/-NPR

“Just before 2 years ago, I was returning home from “Goth”. I suddenly met with Giant Black Bear. I get frightened and started to scream and cry. I ran away to behind the bushes and hidden until the bear left my area. That was my most frightening day.”

Tulashi Bhattarai


Age: 21
Marital Status: Unmarried
Family size: 6
Location: Phawakhola VDC, Ward No.9, Taplejung, Nepal
Profession: Agriculture
Annual Income: 22,000/-NPR

Ganga Prashad Limbu


Age: 35
Marital Status: Married
Family size: 6
Location: Shrumkhim VDC, Ward No.9, Taplejung, Nepal
Profession: Agriculture
Annual Income: 10,000/-NPR

Surya Bahadur Bhandari


Age: 45
Marital Status: Married
Family size: 8
Location: Mamankhe VDC, Ward No.4, Taplejung, Nepal
Profession: Agriculture
Annual Income: 60,000/-NPR

Star Sun Limbu


Age: 25
Marital Status: Unmarried
Family size: 6
Location: Sikaicha VDC, Ward No.1, Taplejung, Nepal
Profession: Agriculture
Annual Income: 20,000/-NPR

Deu Kumar Gurung


Age: 29
Marital Status: Married
Family size: 5
Location: Shrumkhim VDC, Ward No.9, Taplejung, Nepal
Profession: Agriculture
Annual Income: 10,000/-NPR

Tek Bahadur Baniya


Age: 30
Marital Status: Married
Family size: 9
Location: Kalikhola VDC, Ward No.8, Taplejung, Nepal
Profession: Agriculture
Annual Income: 25,000/-NPR

Indra Kumar Rai


Age: 42
Marital Status: Married
Family size: 5
Location: Yamphudin VDC, Ward No.5, Taplejung, Nepal
Profession: Agriculture and Carpentry
Annual Income: 60,000/-NPR