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Rs 7.8 million for red panda conservation in Ilam

A red panda. Photo: Mathias Appel/Flickr

Ilam, December 28

Sandakpur rural municipality has signed a contract of Rs 7.8 million for the conservation of endangered red pandas.

As per the plan, the local government will protect the wildlife in around 200 ropanis of land at Maipatal of Sulubung in Sandakpur. Maipatal is a popular area for red pandas.

The rural municipality is carrying out the conservation project in collaboration with the Red Panda Network. The rural municipality has engaged the contractor for creating an environment for the management and protection of red pandas in the area.

Spokesperson of the rural municipality, Giriraj Khanal, says the arrangement of caretakers will also be made for the management and protection of the wildlife. Big trees will also be cut down for enabling protective environment for the red pandas.

“Saplings of local species, however, will be planted,” he adds.

The rural municipality has also prepared necessary structures for the management of the endangered species.

Meanwhile, the rural municipality has developed a plan to plant saplings of various species in 700 ropanis of land at Jauwari for the management of the red pandas.

The plantation drive has been put in place for the conservation of the wildlife as well as the protection of wildlife route.

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