Nepal will study the movement of red pandas in the Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) Corridor through GPS trackers for a period of one year, an expert said on Tuesday.
Ten red pandas, six females and four males, were successfully collared with GPS-satellite collars in Sandakpur Rural Municipality of Ilam district. The collars provide exceptional data on the movement and habitat use of the red pandas.
“The tracker will help us study about the panda’s movement, lifestyle, its interaction with different subjects throughout the period,” said Sonam Tashi Lama, program coordinator of Red Panda Network (RPN), an international organization.
“As the human settlement is increasing and development works are being carried out rapidly, the way red pandas adapt to the situation and the habitat area they cover will determine the need of corridor maintenance for their preservation.”
“The GPS records the location of the panda every two hours and sends the data through the satellite in the interval of 24 hours,” Lama told Xinhua on Tuesday, adding that the study period will be a year as the batteries for the collars last for about the same period.