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Mission: The Red Panda Network saves wild red pandas and preserves their habitat through the empowerment of local communities by adaptive community-based research, education, and carbon mitigation.

Target demographics: Rural communities in the Himalayan highlands near or in red panda habitat areas. We work with community members as forest guardians who become multipliers of awareness in their communities, we help them build community conservation organizations, we work with teachers and school children, and with government agencies.

Geographic areas served: Nepal (currently mostly 3 districts in Eastern Nepal), India (building collaboration in Sikkim), China (so far mostly research and awareness building), and in future planning expansion into Bhutan and Myanmar.

Programs: 27 village development committee's (vdcs) out of the 30 vdcs in the red panda range in the panchthar-ilam-taplejung (pit) corridor. 54 local people have been trained as fgs and are performing monthly monitoring in community forests. Two two-day refresher trainings were organized for 35 fgs covering red panda monitoring techniques. A total of 70 local forest users including fgs and community forest user group (cfug) members were sensitized to the importance of red pandas to himalayan ecosystems, threats to conservation, and legal provisions pertaining to red pandas. A red panda conservation and ecotourism promotion committee that we formed in ilam became registered as an independent non-profit. This will open the committee up to new opportunities for support and partnerships. Provisions focused on red panda conservation were incorporated into the operational plans of 4 cfugs in the ilam district. This will help institutionalize red panda conservation initiatives in the communities of this area. The 5th international red panda day was commemorated in 5 locations where more than 250 locals attended including cfug members, local political leaders, conservation agencies, and students. Essay and poem contests were also organized amongst the participants on the slogan of the 5th irpd "conserving locally, educating globally". Altogether 26 episodes of red panda conservation program produced and aired through a local fm radio in the eastern nepal which helped at least 50,000 local people sensitized on red panda conservation issues. Two nurseries of paris polyphylla, highly valued medicinal plant, established which will financially support at least 100 local households as well as two nurseries of plant species that will help improve red panda habitat quality.

build consciousness of the plight of the red panda throughout the world

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

RPN is growing in this time of economic recession, a rarity for a non-profit and proof for its professional management. I like how their holistic approach: Care for an endangered species, care for the forest, and for the local people by empowering them. This is a great example of sustainability put in practice. Go RPN!

3 Clint L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been working with Exotic Animals for over 21 years now and specifically with Red Pandas for 10 years. Red Pandas are such a charismatic animal that needs our help. It lives in the shadow of the Giant Panda but deserves the same attention. That is why I so enjoy working with the Red Panda Network. The work they have done and the plans for the future make me very proud to give my time to such a valuable organization.

3 Heather Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the Red Panda Network for only a short time, but I am inspired by their ideas in in awe of their conservation work with red pandas! They are the only non-profit organization that is dedicated specifically to red pandas and is making a difference. RPN's field work in Nepal is forward-thinking and they have permeated the local culture with red panda education and have involved the Nepalese in their work. The big project - creating a protected red panda habitat - is ground-breaking, but we still have a long way to go. The Red Panda Network focuses on spreading conservation awareness and has many options for users to get involved (donations, sponsorships, educational pamphlets, merchandise). RPN keeps up with current culture - engaging in social media, developing phone apps, and keeping an updated website. They also work to engage users/donors through newsletters and by responding personally to all communication. The Red Panda Network has many great ideas in their pipeline, but they need volunteers and an organized task force to properly execute them.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with red pandas for 20 years, I truly love the species and especially proud to be a part of the Red Panda Network that helps protect and save wild red pandas. I work with a bunch of passionate people all dedicated to the same goal of saving this amazing speices. If you like red pandas or just want to get involved in great conservation efforts that not only save animals, but plants and make the environment healthier and cleaner think about joining us or doing a fund raiser yourself. We can use all the help we can get. We are gaining momentum with zoo's from all over the world it's very exciting. Check out our website at redpandanetwork.org for more ideas and information on how you can help! Thank you!

3

Board Member

Rating: 4

I am a former non-profit executive director. I was asked to become a board member of RPN because of my extensive non-profit experience, and volunteer experience in Nepal. So when I say that I highly recommend the Red Panda Network, I know what I am talking about. 1) The cause is right: Protecting the Red Panda goes hand-in-hand with protecting its habitat. Deforestation has had a devastating impact on the environment. Saving the Red Panda means saving the remaining forests of Nepal.
2) Your donation goes straight to the cause: This organization has the lowest overhead I've ever witnessed. There is no US office, and only two part-time US employees. 3) The mission of RPN is to help Nepalis, too: RPN provides employment for Nepalis. Their forest guardianship program acknowledges that in order to help the Red Panda survive, the welfare of the communities who live around the bamboo forests has to be simultaneously improved.

4 Emma7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for the Red panda network (RPN) for around 3 years now, and loved red pandas for many more. I have aspirations to work with red pandas in the wild and the RPN have been so supportive and have nourished my dreams to male it a reality. In 2011 I travelled to Nepal by myself (as a 16 year old) with visions of seeing a red panda in the wild. The RPN was amazing, here was this scared and home sick teenager in a third world country, yet instead of being daunted by the task at hand both the field team and office team in the US took it in their stride and made it a truly memorable experience. I did end up seeing a panda in the wild and it was truly breath taking!

I was Involved with the field team in taplejung where they are working on restoring red panda habitat, and a special mention must go out to damber, who, was especially reassuring when I got a tummy bug from some dodgy chicken!

I was also involved in an eco trip, something I highly recommend, it is a fully guided tour of rural Nepal and the red pandas habitat, an experience not to be missed! Don't be out off by the price tag, as this is because internal flights in Nepal are outrageously expensive for foreigners, a shame really.

To sum up, this is an organisation doing ALOT of good for a species under extreme threat. Once you journey to magically Nepal and see their work in action you will truly appreciate the selflessness of the entire team.