Also named “lesser panda”, the red panda bears a fur that bring people in China to call him “fire “fox”. The sharp ears, the muzzle, the cheeks, the outline of the eyes as well as the ringed tail of this cuddly animal are marked with white.

Endangered species

The red panda is classified as “vulnerable” by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), since many threats hang over him, like the expansion of agriculture or the damage caused to its habitat, notably by forest fires.

The Nepalese region of Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) provides a habitat for 25% of the world red panda population and is thus a hotspot for the species conservation.

Conservation actions

Supported by the red panda European Endangered species Programme (EEP), the Red Panda Network NGO has carried out a conservation program in which 42 Nepalese forest rangers, coming from the local communities, are participating.

In addition to a work of census and follow-up of the red panda populations, the forest rangers wage a permanent war against forest fires and carry out education activities dedicated to the local populations. True ambassadors of the red panda conservation, these sentries provide an important information intermediary with their communities, who are thus made aware of the species cause.

In 2014, 30 zoological parks, including the ZooParc de Beauval through its association Beauval Nature, have accepted to support financially this program, which has enabled to hire 4 more forest rangers.

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