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November 1, 2016

Visiting the red panda conservation project in Nepal

Janno, the head of our Asia section and coordinator of the European breeding programme for the red pandas, is traveling to Eastern Nepal this week to visit red panda habitat. He will be meeting representatives of Red Panda Network, they run the conservation project we support. He will be trekking through the region with some Forest Guardians (villagers who have been trained to protect their local forests) and will meet the students, school children and villagers who are involved in the project; they undertake red panda surveys and organize education and awareness campaigns.

We will be giving you regular updates about Janno’s travels.

(the vlogs are in Dutch, below the videos are English updates)

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Update 1:

This is an update on the panda travels of Janno, our section head for Asia and Coordinator of the European breeding programme for red pandas. Janno has traveled to Eastern Nepal where Red Panda Network, a conservation organisation for red pandas, is working. Rotterdam Zoo has been supporting the work of Red Panda Network for many years.

Janno went to Dobate where he was working with the local Forest Guardians to set up the cameras he brought from Rotterdam. These cameras will be used in special “camera traps” that are placed in strategic locations to monitor the local wildlife. These “traps” have the added advantage of deterring poachers. Rotterdam Zoo also provided a special App that the Forest Guardians use to send information about red panda sightings, habitat etc back to a monitoring center in Kathmandu where the information is collated.

Peema Sherpa from Red Panda Network and Dhan Bahadur Khamdak from the NGO Shree High Altitude Herbal Production and Conservation Institute (SGAHPCI) are guiding Janno on his travels.

 

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Update 2:

A new update on the panda travels of Janno, our section head for Asia and Coordinator of the European breeding programme for red pandas. Janno has traveled to Eastern Nepal to visit the conservation projects run by Red Panda Network,the organisation that Rotterdam Zoo has been supporting for many years.

Janno visited a Roots and Shoots group at the Rastriya Secondary School. He tells the students about what zoos, in particular Rotterdam Zoo, do for nature conservation. The focus is, of course, the red panda. The pencils and crayons that he brought with him were received with much enthusiasm.
Janno also visited Jabauri, which is a place where RPN, together with local NGOs, is actively supporting reforestation work; an essential part of nature conservation. The photo shows a small scale tree nursery that is cared for by the local people who in return receive a small payment for their work. The nursery is surrounded by fences to protect the delicate seedlings from local cattle and goats.

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Update 3:

The last travel update: Janno, our section head for “Azie” and coordinator of the European Breeding programme for the red panda, has been travelling in Eastern Nepal. He was visiting the conservation projects run by Red Panda Network, an organisation supported by Rotterdam Zoo  for a number of years.

Janno was travelling with the local Forest Guardians, these Guardians regularly  patrol their section of forest a number of hours each week. Using an App, that was developed thanks to the support of Rotterdam Zoo, they are able to record their observations. The App is much better than using pen and paper in the humid conditions. In addition, the information recorded by the App can be uploaded directly to the head office of Red Panda Network.

Ecotourism: During his travels, Janno stayed in the homes of local people. Red Panda Network encourages small scale ecotourism in the region by developing home-stay opportunities in the local villages.  Home stay means that tourists can stay with local families and join in their daily lives. It was a truly special experience following the Forest Guardians through the forest to find red pandas.

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