Red Panda Research and Conservation
To collect baseline information on red pandas in Nepal
The red panda (Ailurus fulgens) occurs in isolated pockets of high mountain ranges in western China (Sichuan, Yunnan and Tibet provinces) and the Himalayan mountain chain of Nepal, India, Bhutan and Burma, with an exceptional population on the Meghalaya Plateau in north-eastern India. The global population of the red panda is estimated at 16 000 to 20 000 individuals based on ecological density. Nepal hosts about 2% of the global population and the red panda population in Nepal is estimated at 300 individuals based on habitat suitability.
This project is based on scientific field investigation, community-level activities comprising extensive consultation, meetings with local communities, formation of conservation and monitoring groups as well as so-called goth committees, and collaboration with other organisations and policy-makers concerned with wildlife conservation and habitat management. The goal of this site-specific project is to develop the newly established Gaurishankar Conservation Area as a prime red panda conservation area in the Sacred Himalayan Landscape, with a viable population and suitable habitat.
This project provides baseline information on red pandas in the Gaurishankar Conservation Area, with the initiation of community participation in red panda conservation. The results of this project are used by the Nepalese Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, the National Trust for Nature Conservation and local/national/international non-governmental organisations and external agencies working in Nepal for formulating conservation policies.
WAZA Conservation Project 10030 is implemented by the Small Mammals Conservation and Research Foundation, with support provided by Chester Zoo. Other stakeholders involved in the project include the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Nepal and the National Trust for Nature Conservation.
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