218 Red Pandas in Eastern Nepal

Photo: Mathias Appel, Public Domain
Photo: Mathias Appel, Public Domain


According to the Red Panda Network there are now 218 Red Pandas in Mechi, a zone in the east of Nepal. 134 of them are found in the district of Taplejung.

Mechi Nepal
The districts of the Mechi zone in Nepal. Photo: “Mechi districts” by The original uploader, Public Domain via Commons.


The protection of the Red Panda in this region faces many challenges. Attack from stray dogs, dangerous motor roads, farming und deforestation are one some of the threats for this animal.