Rasuwa, Jan. 9 -- An endangered red panda (Ailurus fulgens) was recently spotted near Ghodatabela forest along the Langtang foot trail on Tuesday.

Suppa Lama, ward chairman at Langtang, said red pandas can be easily seen in the forests of Langtang National Park these days. "A team of six Koreans and 25 Nepalis became excited upon seeing the red panda. They also took photographs of the endangered species," said Lama.

Dhindup Tamang, a hotel entrepreneur in Ghodatabela, said the timing could not have been more perfect for tourists to sight a red panda, with the Visit Nepal 2020 kicking off recently. "This could also boost economic and tourism activities," said Tamang.

A few months ago, an anti-poaching patrol team from the Langtang Natio...