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A project of Wildlife Survival Fund: Investing in endangered species before it’s too late.



Geographic Location

Mechi Zone, Taplejung District, Nepal

Focal Species

Red panda

IUCN Red List Status of Focal Species


About the Project

The Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) Corridor is a hot spot for the red panda and harbors roughly 25% of the total population of red pandas in Nepal.  The Red Panda Network (RPN) has been overseeing a community-based conservation effort in Nepal since 2007. Since then, RPN has identified the major threats to red pandas in the region including habitat loss and degradation, and poaching. There are four main components to this project: community-based monitoring; education and outreach; sustainable livelihood promotion; and a species management plan. Local people were trained as Forest Guardians who conduct monthly monitoring. Awareness-building workshops were held for local stakeholders, women’s groups, herders, and students. Posters, radio stations and information boards help educate locals about conservation concerns and solutions. Locals will also be supported in cultivating high-value medicinal plants, alternative energy development, and forest-based micro-entrepreneurship. Palatable plant species will be planted and degraded water resources will be restored in red panda habitat. All these projects will continue to help ensure a viable and healthy population of red panda in the eastern Himalayan broad leaf forests.

Project Mission:  To support a viable and healthy population and distribution of red panda in contiguous habitat and historical range in the PIT Corridor, eastern Nepal, where threats are alleviated by community-based awareness-building, alternative income generation, and sustainable forest management programs.


Red Pandas at Woodland Park Zoo

Look in the treetops in the Wildlife Survival Zone to spot Woodland Park Zoo’s red pandas. Here, the red pandas are neighbors to Maned wolves and cranes. What do these diverse species from different parts of the world have in common? Their stories shine a spotlight on the conservation work that takes place in the wild and at the zoo—through breeding, research and education—to save species and their habitats. 

To learn more:

Read the Red panda fact sheet