Join us for International Red Panda Day (IRPD) 2017 as an expected 100,000 visitors at more than 60 zoos worldwide help us create as many Red Panda Rangers as possible in a single day.

What is a Red Panda Ranger? A Red Panda Ranger is a special title given to children who help spread the word about red pandas. Look in our activity guide to see what activities you can do for International Red Panda Day to become a red panda ranger.

Register Your Event!

Contributions received from #IRPD2017 will go to expanding our Forest Guardian program to Western Nepal. Forest Guardians are our red panda stewards who empower local people to protect their forests. We have identified five districts in Nepal’s western region that are critical to the survival of this species. Funds will go to hiring and training local people to monitor and protect red panda habitat and nearly doubling our national Forest Guardian team!

This initiative will include the recruitment of local women as Forest Guardians. Historically in Nepal, women have been underrepresented in red panda conservation and we want to see this change. Please check out our article The Changing Role of Women in Red Panda Conservation for more information.

Campaign Details

What: International Red Panda Day
When: Saturday September 16th, 2017 (third Saturday of September every year)
Where: Check with your local zoo or school for participation details, or click on the links below for more information on current participating organizations. If you are an organizer, Register your event.
RPN_IRPD Activity Guide 2017-1
Downloads: 2017 Activity Guide



Check out our hip and official #IRPD2017 t-shirt! All proceeds from #theOriginalPanda shirt sales go to expanding our Forest Guardian program to Western Nepal.

Here are two other easy ways you can help us #GoWest!

2). Start an online fundraiser.
3). Make an #IRPD2017 donation.

Participants of IRPD 2016

  • Akron Zoo – Akron, OH USA
  • Assiniboine Park Zoo - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park - Binghamton, NY, USA
  • Birmingham Zoo, Birmingham, AL
  • Brandywine Zoo – Wilmington, DE, USA
  • Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, IL
  • Cape May County Zoo – NJ, USA
  • Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding - Sichuan, China
  • Chiba Municipal Zoo
  • Columbus Zoo, Powell, OH
  • Dudley Zoo – Dudely UK
  • Edmonton Valley Zoo – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Elmwood Park Zoo - Norristown, PA, USA
  • Flamingo Land - Yorkshire, UK Saturday, September 26th
  • Franklin Park Zoo - Boston, MA, USA
  • Fuutaas - Tokyo, Japan Saturday 09-19 to Wednesday 09-23
  • Giardino Zoologico di Pistoia - Pistoia, Italy
  • Greenville Zoo - Greenville, SC, USA
  • Hamamatsu Zoo – Japan
  • Hamura Zoo
  • Hirakawa (Kagoshima) Zoo – Japan
  • Hiroshima Asa Zoo
  • Hitachi Kamine Zoo
  • Ikeda (Okayama) Zoo
  • Itozu (Kitakyushu) Zoo
  • Lake District Wildlife Park – Cumbria, UK
  • Lee Richardson Zoo - Garden City, KS, USA Saturday, September 20th
  • Le parc de Clères – France
  • Le zoo de Bordeaux-Pessac – France
  • Le zoo de Tregomeur – France
  • Le zoo de Jurques – France
  • Le Pal – France (the 18th or the 24th of September)
  • Le zoo de La Fleche – France
  • Le zoo de Pont-Scorff – France
  • L’espace zoologique de Saint Martin la Plaine – France
  • Le zoo de la Boissiere-du-Dore – France
  • Le bioparc de doué-la-Fontaine – France
  • Le zoo de Champrépus – France
  • Le parc zoologique et botanique de Mulhous – France
  • Le parc animalier de Sainte-Croix – France
  • Longleat Safari Park- Wiltshire, UK
  • Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden – Evansville, IN, USA
  • Miyazaki Municipal Zoo
  • Omuta Zoo – Japan
  • Osaka Municipal (Tennoji) Zoo
  • Paradise Park – Hayle, Cornwall, UK
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium - Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Port Lympne Reserve -  Hythe, Kent, UK Saturday 09-19 & Sunday 09-20
  • Potter Park Zoo - Lansing, MI, USA Sunday, October 18th
  • Pueblo Zoo - Pueblo, CO, USA
  • Sacramento Zoo – Sacramento, CA, USA
  • San Francisco Zoo- San Francisco, CA, USA Saturday, October 17th
  • Saskatoon Zoo Society- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Scoville Zoo – USA
  • Sendai Municipal (Yagiyama) Zoo
  • Shepreth Wildlife Park – United Kingdom
  • Sequoia Park Zoo – Eureka, CA, USA Sunday, September 25th
  • Tierpark Berlin- Berlin, Germany Sunday, August 30th
  • Tobe Zoological Park – Japan
  • Touroparc – France
  • Toronto Zoo – Toronto, Canada
  • Yokohama Zoo (Zoorasia)
  • Zoo Atlanta – Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Zoo Dortmund - Dortmund, Germany Sunday, September 20th
  • Zoo Liberec – Liberec, Czech Republic
  • Zoo Miami - Miami, FL, USA
  • Zoo New England – Boston, MA, USA

Check out photos of all the fun #IRPD2016 events from all over the world!


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