Researchers from Fauna & Flora International have captured the first film evidence of Red Pandas in the wilds of north-eastern Myanmar. High up in the bamboo-conifer forests of the Imawbum Mountains the adorable pair of Red Panda amble up a rock slide. This footage will help FFI and the Myanmar Forest Department in the establishment of a new national park where community conservation programs can assist the protection of this popular but vulnerable species. There are thought to be less than 10,000 mature Red Pandas left in the world; they live only in the mountains of the Eastern Himalayas between Western Nepal and China.
“When we encountered the two red pandas, we felt two emotions at the same time; incredibly happy for the direct sighting and for obtaining this first exciting footage, but terribly saddened seeing the state of their habitat and threats to the species’ survival,” Saw Soe Aung, FFI Field Biologist