This project is a partnership between Charles Sturt University, Australia, the Government of Bhutan, World Wildlife Fund, Red Panda Network and Australian Landcare International. It is funded by the UK Darwin Initiative Fund from 2016 to 2019.
It has been a case of many hands getting the job done over the last 10 days, with none of it easy! The Brokpa herders of Merak and Park Forestry staff pooled their resources to complete the mammoth task of fencing out and planting the enormous gully at Drana. You only have to look at … Continue reading And THAT is how it is done!
Now that the fence posts and wire have arrived at the first gully site at Drana (see map below), the herders are swinging into action! 130 herders have erected fence poles over the 20ha site, and will complete wiring over the weekend. A mix of bamboo, acer, fir, salix and few other fodder species will … Continue reading Fencing and planting of first landslide underway at Drana
Throughout the project, we will be monitoring changes in people’s awareness and knowledge of red pandas in response to red panda research and education. The baseline household survey showed that 67 percent of respondents have sighted red pandas while herding yaks in the forests whilst 33 percent had not seen them. While a few of … Continue reading Red Panda awareness and knowledge amongst Brokpa community
Merak has returned to a winter wonderland with a recent heavy snowfall. Looks lovely but has made it difficult to transport fence posts and wire to the land restoration site, and to get started. On the other hand, it may bring red pandas down to lower altitudes where the cameras are installed! Hopefully this is … Continue reading Spring snow delays land restoration works