Red Pandas: Red Panda Network

Who: Red Panda Network
What: Red Panda (endangered)
Where: Nepal, China, Myanmar, India and Bhutan
Why: The global red panda population has declined by 50% over the last 20 years and there may be as few as 2,500 remaining in the wild. Habitat loss is the #1 threat. Rapid human population growth in the Eastern Himalayas is causing deforestation and the degradation and fragmentation of the red panda habitat by development projects such as roads, hydro-projects, electric transmission lines and mining, as well as settlement and agricultural conversions, unsustainable lumber practices and forest fires.

The Red Panda Network has worked with Himalayan communities to alleviate threats to red pandas by establishing a protected forest in Eastern Nepal which connects protected areas in Nepal, India and China and includes community-based monitoring and research, habitat protection and restoration, alternative resource and improved technologies, anti-poaching and economic empowerment efforts.

To learn more, visit the Red Panda Network website.