Three Red Pandas have been traced in Mabu of Ilam.
Locally known as Habre, the endangered animal species were traced during a survey carried out by the Red Panda Network Nepal.
Three Habre including a baby Habre were seen at the Dobate forest in Kalpokhari of Mabu recently said field coordinator Finju Sherpa of the Network.
The Red Panda Network Nepal is working to preserve the endangered species of Red Panda.
It has been currently working in seven VDCs of Ilam, 14 in Taplejung and five in Paanchthar districts.
Red Pandas are found in various community forests in the three districts. However, destruction of the wild bamboo leaves that they mainly feed on is causing risk to their existence, adds Sherpa.
Classified as vulnerable by IUCN, its wild population is estimated at less than 10,000 mature individuals, native to the eastern Himalayas including Nepal.
The Network has counted around 30 Red Pandas in Ilam district alone, said Coordinator Sherpa.