We need your help to build resilience for red pandas and the people who share their home.
Deforestation and poaching are threatening the future of red pandas. Together, we can stop the illegal red panda trade and reforest their vulnerable habitat.
Start A Fundraiser - click on the 'Fundraise' button at the top of the page to start a campaign in minutes. Check out our IRPD 2021 fundraising toolkit (coming soon!) for everything you need to fundraise for the first panda.
Become a Red Panda Ranger - This is a fun and educational opportunity for kids to help us raise red panda awareness They will receive a badge for every level they complete and an official certificate when they finish all five levels!
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Sponsor The Event - does your business want to support IRPD and offset your carbon footprint? Email Terrance Fleming, Development Manager, at [email protected] for more information or learn more about this opportunity here.
The global red panda population is in decline. It is estimated that there are less than 10,000 remaining in the wild and there may be as few as 2,500.
Habitat loss is the #1 threat to red pandas.
Red panda habitat in Nepal is fragmented into 400 small forest patches. 70% of their habitat lies outside of protected areas in either Community Forests or private land. Forests are fragmented as they are converted to farmland and settlement and degraded by unsustainable livestock grazing and resource harvest by local communities.
Our multi-tiered solution to habitat loss is protection and restoration.
Our education and sustainable livelihood programs are empowering communities in Nepal to protect their forests. Now, we must continue to reforest core habitat, connect fragmented forest and create a wildlife corridor that will sustain a viable red panda population.
Top photo: Habitat restoration in eastern Nepal. Bottom: Anti-poaching unit in eastern Nepal's red panda habitat.
Unfortunately, there is a growing threat to the survival of these already vulnerable populations: the illegal red panda trade.
In response to an unprecedented rise in red panda poaching in Nepal this year — likely driven by poverty, misinformation and exacerbated by the pandemic — we are committed to educating communities, providing alternative income and sustainable livelihood opportunities, and enhancing the capacity of local and national level law enforcement agencies on anti-poaching investigation skills.
We are urgently fighting misinformation in Nepal on the value of red panda pelts and demand for red pandas among trade market. We are working with popular Nepali actor, director, and playwright, Dayahang Rai, who has joined us as a conservation ambassador. Rai is helping us raise national awareness on this endangered species and why we must stop illegal wil dlife crime. We are also working on an outreach video that debunks misconceptions and highlights livelihood alternatives to poaching.
Support awareness campaigns and sustainable livelihood programs that empower local people and stop poaching at its source.
Wild red panda in eastern Nepal.
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