Synopsis: Red Panda numbers are dangerously decreasing and there could be less than 2500 red pandas left in the wild. But an unconventional warrior has devoted her life to fight all forces that are against her and her beloved Red Pandas.
The Firefox Guardian takes you on a mesmerizing journey through dense bamboo jungles in Nepal while exploring a special bond between the unique ‘Firefoxes’ and Menuka, a simple village girl.
In this twelve-minute story, we follow Menuka, the first female forest guardian working with the Red Panda Network, as she tries to find a Panda juvenile to see if last season’s wild Panda reproduction was successful.
This film provides a unique window into the lives of the Forest Guardians and through their eyes, the life of the rarely documented endangered Red Pandas in the wild.
About the Director: A 25 year old passionate wildlife filmmaker from India, Gunjan has travelled and filmed across India, Nepal, the United Kingdom and the United States. She just took her love for wildlife one step further by pursuing Masters in Wildlife Filmmaking at the University of the West of England, Bristol in partnership with BBC-NHU. Besides her work in wildlife, she has worked as a freelance producer, camerawoman and editor for digital content, comedy, music and science shows. Her keen interest in anthropology and endangered species took her to Nepal where she trekked 12,000ft in the Himalayas to film wild Red Pandas and their unique bond with a native woman. She wants to revolutionize conservation filmmaking and aspires to inspire people and make a difference through her stories.