Red panda: Photo-WWF.
Kathmandu: Red panda (Ailurus Fulgens)-an endangered animal-has been spotted along the trails of Langtang valley recently.
According to Suppa Lama, ward Chairperson at Langtang, the red panda was seen in the jungles of Ghodatabela. Mr. Lama also said that the red panda is easily seen in the Langtang National Park these days.
“A team of six Koreans and 25 Nepalis are excited about spotting the red panda. They took photographs of the endangered species,” said Lama. Dhindup Tamang, a hotel entrepreneur in Ghodatabela, said the time is most suitable for tourists to spot a red panda here as Nepal declares Visit Nepal 2020.
According to the officials of the Lantang national park, the main habitats of the red panda are Cholangpati, Gupche, Polangpati and Dhokachet Kharka in Gosainkunda rural municipality.
There are less than 10,000 red pandas left in the world according to the World Wildlife Fund. There is a legal provision that any poacher convicted of trading red panda can be sentenced to a jail term of one to 10 years and a fine up to Rs 500,000.
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