News from Red Panda Network

A Unique Strength: How Ecotourism Can Save the Wild

Not everyone is familiar with the term “ecotourism” or the concept behind it, but even those who are don’t always understand the full extent of its impact. Essentially, ecotourism is an alternative to mainstream tourism that allows travelers to vacation in a more environmentally and economically responsible manner. When properly...
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PIT Red Panda Protected Forest

Red Panda Network is establishing the world’s first protected area dedicated to red pandas: the Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) Red Panda Protected Forest in eastern Nepal. We’re working with local community forest groups to have this area declared a protected forest, which under Nepalese law can be done by any community forest...
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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...
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Monitoring Red Pandas Just 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...
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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:...
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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...
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