The projects that we are involved with are constantly growing, and this page will be updated constantly. Be sure to check back here often to keep up to date with our project.
Our Current Projects are organised by the Red Panda Trust with collaborations with other on the ground organisations. We are involved in other smaller projects that will be included once they are fully established.
Project 1. Red Panda Conservation Centre
Red Pandas are thought to be endangered in their natural home range in Asia. Their main threat currently is hunting which is reportedly increasing rapidly to cope with the high demand for Red Panda products in Nepal. The Red Panda Conservation Centre will be designed to breed, rehabilitate and release Red Pandas to cope with the reduction in population size globally.
You can 'Buy a Brick' for our Conservation Centre be honoured on our supporter wall in the centre! Our symbolic 'Brick' donation is $150. You can donate here:
With each symbolic 'Brick' bought you will be given:
Regular updates on the Conservation Centre progress
Updates on where your 'Brick' donation is being used
Subscription to our newsletter
A certificate of appreciation
Project 2. Red Panda Genome Project
The Red Panda has captured the hearts of many. Worldwide they have become the 'face of cute and cuddly'. However this fame masks a terrible reality, the imminent extinction of the Red Panda. Red Pandas a critically endangered in their home range. Threatened by illegal hunting for their coats and mass deforestation. The current conservation situation for these handsome mammals is bleak and what is worse, we have no idea how many are left.
The genetic portion of this project will allow us to pin point biodiversity hot-spots for Red Pandas globally as well as helping our anti hunting efforts. When a Red Panda skin is found its genetic material can be run through a data base which will identify the location where the Red Panda came from. This will allow us to understand where the majority of Red Panda hunting occurs.
Without this information our research and conservation efforts are in vain, we need to know where these animals are still holding on, and where we can focus our conservation efforts.
Our Projects. Working hand in hand to save Red Pandas.
Project 3. Camera Trap Funding
Our most recent project and the project being assisted by our in field volunteer program is our behavioural study of Red Pandas in Langtang National Park. Increasingly, researchers are trying to identify the most effective ways to undertake complex studies using non-invasive methods. In this study, instead of trapping and collaring animals we are attempting to intensively monitor behaviour through a matrix of camera traps. We need your help though! In order to complete this study we need 30 camera traps, see this link to learn more and contribute.
How the funds will be used
The funds raised from this campaign will entirely be put towards undertaking the largest Red Panda Population and Genetic Study ever undertaken. The only other known population data was collected 25 years ago and we currently have no credible knowledge of the numbers of Wild Red Pandas that are still clinging to their existence in their natural habitat.
Break down of the cost of the Research:
Processing of a single genetic sample for one individual: AU$50
Local Costs: $10,000
Lab and Research assistants: AU$5,000
Lab Hire: AU$3,500
You can donate at our 'YouCaring' Project Site here: https://www.youcaring.com/redpandatrust
Alternatively you can SPONSOR A SAMPLE by donating $50 by clicking the button below