Women role for Red Panda conservation

Anita Shrestha
Posted November 8, 2019 from Nepal
Red Panda of Nepal


Women of Nepal who are living in higher altitude has been great contribution of RED Panda conservation. Because women is nature lovers, they love nature and wildlife as their son and daughters. Therefore, in Nepal case women have mother heart therefore, they always want to give love to wildlife and forest. Generally Red Panda has been poaching by men. But women always love and they protect them. This Red Panda has been threat in Nepal. Only 300 to 500 numbers of Red Panda remaining in Nepal. If it loss then our future generation could not see this beautiful and diamond animal. 


From the temperate Himalayan forests of western Nepal to the high mountain slopes of southwestern China, the red panda (Ailurus fulgens), like the giant panda, is a mostly herbivorous mammal that feeds mainly on bamboo. But that is where the similarities with its larger and more recognizable black and white distant cousin seem to end. Red pandas look more like raccoons and are slightly larger than a domestic house cat (they even have feline-like whiskers), growing to about 50-63cm in length and weighing up to 6kg. They are skillful climbers that, when not foraging on the ground, spend most of their time in the trees curled up with their long, bushy tails wrapped around their heads. A thick reddish-brown fur offers additional protection from the cold, often harsh, mountain weather.  

Under Threat 

The word panda comes from the Nepalese “poonya” which means bamboo eater. While the giant panda is sometime called the black and white cat-foot, the red panda is known as the red cat bear or lesser panda. While it may be “lesser” in size than the giant panda, both species are threatened by less habitat and deforestation. An increase in human population, particularly in China and Nepal, has seen the red panda’s bamboo forest homes cut down and cleared for timber, fuel and agriculture land, pushing them to more remote, fragmented – and often unprotected – mountain areas. Although protected internationally and in Nepal, the red panda remains highly endangered. While some pandas are found in Nepal’s Langtang National Park, Annapurna Conservation Area, Sagarmatha National Park, Manaslu Conservation Area, Makalu Barun National Park andKangchenjunga Conservation Area, over 75% of potential red panda habitat falls outside protected areas. Protecting the red panda and its fragile environment is vital to preserving the region’s natural heritage and global biodiversity.

Panda Protection

Conservation work by WWF and its partners is currently underway in the Sacred Himalayan Landscape, which encompasses more than two-thirds of Nepal’s remaining red panda habitat. For WWF and the government of Nepal, red panda conservation is a priority. Protecting the endangered species includes:

Conducting in-depth field studies on red panda ecology, behaviour, habitat and distribution range to improve effective conservation

Identifying potential red panda habitats suitable for protection

Developing a broad-based awareness programme on red pandas to make local communities more aware about the importance of the species within the mountain ecosystem

The survival of the red panda and the protection of its habitat will ensure that people living in the region continue to reap ecosystem benefits for many generations.

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Jill Langhus
Nov 08
Nov 08

Hello Dear Anita,

How are you doing? Thanks so much for sharing your lovely story about the red panda. I'm glad there aren't just handful left and that they're in zoos:-( My heart can't stand to hear those stories and I can no longer go to zoos for that reason. It's just too sad. I hope that WWF and its partners can help to maintain what little habitat they have left, and actually help it to grow back so that all the wildlife, including the red pandas, can thrive again. Please keep us posted on this development.

Hope you're doing well and that you have a great weekend!


Nov 08
Nov 08

Dear Anita,
I hope you are doing very well? I wanted to email you but I kept forgetting. Just wanted to comment you on your constant comments on our sisters post. You such a hard working sister. I observed you always come between the first three comments on a post. Well done and keep the effort up. We need more of such resilience.

Good to know how women treat animals in Nepal! That is amazing, at least since we are first class animals we ought to take care of the animals :-). We have them in our subjection and hence they need our protection.
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend and take care of yourself.

Nov 08
Nov 08

Hi Anita,

Good day! Thank you for sharing. I never thought that there is a Red Panda in Nepal. I always feel happy whenever I watch them on youtube for their playfulness. I hope to see them. I really hope that your community will help together to preserve them so that the next generation will still see them.

Nov 10
Nov 10

Dear Anita jee,
Thank you so much for your informative sharing. Its really very interesting to know that women are the greater contributor for conservation of Red Panda. Definaely, women are more connected in the reservations, protection and contribution for the nature and its eco system. Keep writing educative articles please.
love and regards,

Anita Shrestha
Nov 10
Nov 10

Thank you Anjana Jee.

Hello, dear Anita,

I love that there are women in Nepal who protect red pandas. It's my first time to know about the red panda. You're right, we women are natural lovers of nature, and we care deeply. I hope all living creatures will be protected.

Thank you for sharing this informative post.