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Help us Establish the PIT Red Panda Protected Forest: The World’s First Protected Area Dedicated to Red Pandas!
The Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) corridor in eastern Nepal is one of the most biologically-diverse areas in the world and has been recognized as an important area for global bio-diversity conservation by a number of leading international conservation organizations including WWF, BirdLife International and Conservation International.
Establishing the PIT Red Panda Protected Forest will create an uninterrupted stretch of protected land for red pandas as well as other threatened species including clouded leopards, Himalayan black bears, and hundreds of bird species.
Red panda poaching and illegal trade is on the rise and the threatening the future of this endangered species. Red Panda Network is strategically responding to this threat by establishing an anti-poaching network who patrol red panda habitat, remove traps and snares, educate locals on the importance of red panda conservation, and report poaching activity to enforcement agencies. We are continuing to identify major trafficking routes and the source of demand for red panda parts.
Extreme poverty in the eastern Himalayas has left few income generation opportunities for the communities who share this region with red pandas. As a result, illegal wildlife trade has become a locally booming industry and this, along with a spike in the international demand for red pandas and their body parts, has left this species in peril. Our anti-poaching network provides alternative livelihood improvement opportunities for the local people who may have otherwise had few choices but to trap red pandas or transport their parts for a living.