India and Bhutan Cooperate to Protect Red Pandas

Red Panda Himalaya in India
Photo: “red panda, Darjeeling, India” by flowcomm is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), a conservation organization of the Indian government, and the Kingdom of Bhutan want to work together to better protect Red Pandas.

Next Saturday, July 1, Indian Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav will sign a memorandum of understanding, reports The Times of India.

Bhutan decided to engage in this collaboration because of the research work conducted by ZSI.

In 2021, a team of researchers from ZSI found that both Ailurus fulgens and Ailurus styani are endemic to India. The Siang River likely played a crucial role in the genetic isolation of these two panda species.

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