Project History & Aims
Red Panda Network protects wild red pandas and their habitat through the education and empowerment of local communities.
The Eastern Himalayan Broadleaf Forest Ecoregion is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. It is home to many unique and threatened species including snow leopards, clouded leopards, Asiatic black bears, Assam macaques, Asiatic wild dogs, and red pandas.
The red panda has been identified as an indicator and umbrella species of this ecoregion. We have identified one location in this area that is critical to the preservation of the endangered red panda: the Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) corridor.
The PIT corridor of eastern Nepal supports 25 percent of the Nepalese red panda population and plays a vital role linking protected areas of Nepal and India. Unsustainable livestock grazing, agriculture and resource harvesting practices are the major drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in the PIT corridor, which is threatening red pandas and their habitat. Illegal poaching is also on the rise in this area.
Below is a selection of some of the Red Panda Network achievements from 2016/2017:
- International Red Panda Day 2017 was celebrated throughout schools in the PIT corridor and awareness building workshops were run to educate people on red panda conservation.
- New metallic stoves were implemented in Ilam, Nepal to replace the mud stoves which consumed huge amounts of firewood and created an unhealthy atmosphere inside the houses. This will hopefully reduce the pressure on the local forests.
- Red Panda Network launched their first conservation project in Bhutan in early 2017. This is their first in situ conservation project in a country other than Nepal, and is a wonderful chance to expand their community-based efforts to protect red pandas and their habitat in another of the red panda’s range countries.
- A red panda awareness building campaign was held in Kathmandu alongside other conservation organisations. The Red Panda Network showcased their award winning documentary and distributed brochures and gave out face painting. More than 1,500 people attended the event.
How is Banham Zoo supporting the Red Panda Network?
Banham Zoo has donated £2000 to the RED PANDA NETWORK since 2016
For more information go to: www.redpandanetwork.org
Photos courtesy of Red Panda Network.