According to a recent study by the Red Panda Network, there are more Red Pandas in the Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) corridor in eastern Nepal than there were in 2011. In a press release, the conservation organization emphasizes “that community-based conservation is working in the region, giving new hope to a critically endangered species.”
Data collected by the Forest Guardians
The forests of the PIT corridor, home to around 25% of Nepal’s panda population, are not protected areas but are managed by the local population. In 2019, 93% of the PIT corridor was inhabited by Red Pandas — up from only 88% in 2011. The likelihood of scientists discovering a Red Panda in this region increased from 36% to 54%.
The data were collected by the “Forest Guardians” of the Red Panda Network. Since Red Pandas live a very solitary life and are very well camouflaged by their fur, the analysis included not only direct sightings but also findings of droppings and latrine sites, bite and scratch marks on bamboo plants, and fur remains.
On the website of the Red Panda Network.