How to Contribute to Red Panda Conservation Efforts

The red panda, or firefox, is a highly endangered nocturnal animal that lives in mountain forests in south central Asia. Habitat destruction, as well as hunting and competition with local livestock, has reduced the Firefox's numbers to only a few thousand wild individuals. Read on to see how you can help save them from becoming extinct.

Steps

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    Sign a petition. Create a petition directed at the Chinese government to increase their contribution to red panda conservation efforts.
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    Raise awareness. Hosting a fundraiser at your school or workplace, encouraging people to participate International Red Panda Day (November 13th), or even doing something as small as posting information about Red Panda conservation to your Facebook/Twitter page can make a difference in educating people.
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    Donate. The Red Panda Network is working now to build a red panda reserve in Nepal. It costs as little as $1 a day to feed a family there, so any amount of money will go a long way. See Sources and Citations for the donation link.
    • With a tax deductible donation of US $2,995, you can go on an eco-trip to Nepal to see red pandas in the wild.
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    "Adopt" a Red Panda. The cost of adopting a red panda is US $40, and the proceeds will go to supporting conservation efforts. See Sources and Citations for the link.
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    Purchase merchandise. The proceeds from any merchandise purchased from the Red Panda Network will go directly to red panda conservation.
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    Volunteer. Volunteering doesn't have to mean flying to China/Nepal (though it certainly can!). Zoos worldwide are working on breeding these animals in captivity, both for re-release into the wild and for education purposes.
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    Talk to others about Red Pandas. Many don't know that these creatures are endangered. Simply talking to others can go a long way.

Tips

  • If you are a child or teen trying to make a difference, don't give up. Talk to your parents about letting you "adopt" a firefox for your birthday.
  • Again, for teens and children, talk to your parents about holding a fund raiser at your school.

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