Join us for International Red Panda Day (IRPD) 2022 and our 15-year anniversary to protect red pandas from poachers and restore their forest habitat!
Who came first: the red panda or the giant panda? We'll give you a hint — it's the same panda that is also, unfortunately, the endangered panda.
That's right, red pandas are listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List and there may be as few as 2,500 remaining in the wild. Deforestation, as well as poaching, are threatening the future of the first panda.
Design by Sripriya Prasad
In Nepal, red panda habitat 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.
The red pandas who remain in these "habitat islands" are threatened by an unprecedented rise in red panda poaching in Nepal, driven by poverty, misinformation, and exacerbated by the pandemic.
How are we responding to these threats? Through community-based reforestation and anti-poaching programs! Our Plant A Red Panda Home campaign plants trees and reforests core habitat to create a continuous wildlife corridor for red pandas and other threatened wildlife in Nepal. We are also 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. Our goal is No Panda Poaching in eastern Nepal's Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) corridor!
And we know we can make a difference because the red panda population is improving in the areas we are working in eastern Nepal!
Thanks to you, they will not become the forgotten panda. We wiBlank Paark Zooll save the last of the first panda!
Learn more about our work in this film narrated by Sir David Attenborough for the 2022 Whitley Awards!
Here's how you can help:http://www.diergaardeblijdorp....
Start A Fundraiser - click on the 'Fundraise' button at the top of the page to start a campaign in minutes. Check out our IRPD 2022 fundraising toolkit for everything you need to fundraise for the first panda. The team member who raises the most funds will win awesome prizes. And thanks to our First Panda Challenger, Scentbird, all campaign gifts up to $2,000 are being matched 1:1!
Organize an Event - Work with the zoo, school or business you work at or attend to celebrate this important day for education and conservation. Register your event here and be sure to check out the IRPD Activity Book designed by Darby Minter!
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!
Spread The Word - tell your friends and family on social media why you love red pandas and why you are celebrating IRPD 2022! Include a fact banner (coming soon!) in our post and include these hashtags: #IRPD2022 #NoPandaPoaching #PlantARedPandaHome
Thank you to the zoos and schools around the world for helping us to celebrate IRPD 2022!
Wish to add your organization? Let us know here.
Akron Zoo, Akron, OH, USA
Assiniboine Park Conservancy & Zoo, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines, IA, USA
We plan to celebrate the day with educational activities and games.
Charles Paddock Zoo, Atascadero, CA, USA
Come celebrate International Red Panda day at the Charles Paddock Zoo on September 17th. Learn more about these extraordinary animals! We will be having fun activities throughout the day, including a Red Panda Zookeeper talk.
Colchester Zoo, Colchester, Essex, England
Giardino Zoologico di Pistoia, Pistoia, PT, Italy
Lake District Wildlife Park, Keswick, Cumbria, England
Omuta City Zoo, Omuta, Fukuoka, Japan
Naturschutz-Tierpark Görlitz, Goerlitz, Saxony, Germany
Pueblo Zoo, Pueblo, CO, USA
Ross Park Zoo, Binghamton, NY, USA
During IRPD there will be animal spotlights on the Red Panda and current conservation work from Red Panda Network. In the evening there will be a lantern festival, Illumination for Conservation. This festival highlights red pandas as one of our zoo's endangered species, and a corresponding conservation organization to raise funds.
Rotterdam Zoo, Rotterdam, Nederland
Safaripark Beekse Bergen Bergen, Hilvarenbeek, Nederland
South Lakes Safari Zoo, Ulverston, Cumbria, United Kingdom
Woburn Safari Park, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Zoo Dortmund, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
We will conduct our Red Panda Day on September 18th
Zoo Duisburg, Duisburg, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Zoo Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany