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Pandas International

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PO Box 620335 Littleton CO 80162 USA

Mission:

The mission of Pandas International is to ensure the preservation and propagation of the endangered Giant Panda. By providing public awareness and education, support for research, habitat preservation and enhancement, and assistance to the Giant Panda Centers in China. The Giant panda is one of the most delightful and captivating of animals, yet one of the most endangered species in the world. The best scientific estimates place the number at only approximately 1,600.

Results:

Great Green Project- Pandas International has embarked on a bamboo replanting project to mitigate the disastrous effects of the 2008 earthquake on the Giant Pandas’ primary food source, and, to replenish bamboo lost as a result of floods, landslides and unusually heavy snows during the years following the earthquake. Pandas International is committed to a sustainable approach for providing food, shelter and safe migration corridors for the Giant Panda as part of its belief that without sustainable habitats and a plentiful food supply, the opportunities for achieving its mission will be dramatically diminished. Pandas International also provides annually a special formula to the panda nursery’s for the young cubs. We also send medicines and vaccines, medical equipment, veterinary supplies, and provide advanced training for staff.

Programs:

Direct Suport of the Panda Centers at Wolong and Bifengxia

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with Pandas International for many year. The goals and objectives are clear and I know my work and money is going to a good cause. I love all of the educational packets and events that raise money for a worthy cause.

 
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This group is the 'little engine that could'. Raising money for vaccines, transporting vital medical equipment to the preserves, creating awareness of the plight of the pandas -- all are a critical part of what they do. PI is at the forefront of care and support for the pandas working hand in hand with the Chinese to preserve the pandas

 
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I have been supporting Pandas International (PI) for over 10 years as a volunteer, donor and adopter (I am the proud adopter of two Giant Pandas) and now a board member. I could never have imagined how deeply passionate I would become about conserving and preserving these magnificent bears and that passion is due in large part to PI. I have watched how this truly great non-profit has been able to accomplish so much with a staff of two people in the basement of the Director’s home and I have traveled to China seven times with PI and their Director, Suzanne Braden, witnessing firsthand what PI does and how “our” donations are put to work. Each trip has been truly memorable, humbling, exciting and always an adventure. But most importantly, each trip has afforded me the chance to watch the progress being made to help conserve Giant Pandas through a long lasting partnership between the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pandas and PI. There is a trust and a mutual repect that is awe inspiring. And I have met Chinese doctors, scientists, and keepers who could not be more grateful for or humbled by all that PI does to support their efforts to constantly strive to learn more about how to help giant pandas now and in the future.

From all that I have seen and heard and from all the people I have met, I continue to highly recommend this truly great non-profit to anyone interested in supporting our beloved Giant Pandas. Pandas International gives 100% to every project they undertake and the “return on investment” from every donation is priceless. Many thanks to PI for all of their hard work and dedication and for giving me the opportunity to be a part of their efforts to support our beloved Giant Panda Bears.

 
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I fell in love with my first Giant Panda in 2005. That is when Tai Shan was born at the Smithsonian National Zoo. It was also at that time that I learned about Pandas International (PI) and I have been working with them ever since as a volunteer, donor and adopter (I am the proud adopter of two Giant Pandas). I could never have imagined how deeply passionate I would become about conserving and preserving these magnificent bears and that passion is due in large part to PI. I started out as a volunteer, helping with fundraising and providing articles of interest to help educate people about just why pandas are so critically endangered. But that wasn’t enough because I watched how this truly great non-profit was able to accomplish so much with a staff of three people in the basement of the Director’s home and I wanted to do more. Over the past nine years I have traveled to China with PI and their Director, Suzanne Braden, and I’ve seen firsthand just exactly what PI does and how “our” donations are put to work. I saw urgently needed medical equipment that had been donated as well as baby formula, medicine, computer software and so much more. And I have met Chinese doctors, scientists, and keepers who could not be more grateful or humbled by all that PI does to support their efforts to learn more about how to help giant pandas now and in the future. From all that I have seen and heard and from all the people I have met, I can highly recommend this truly great non-profit to anyone interested in supporting our beloved Giant Pandas. Pandas International gives 100% to every project they undertake and the “return on investment” from every donation is priceless. Many thanks to PI for all of their hard work and dedication and for giving me the opportunity to be a part of their efforts to support our beloved Giant Panda Bears.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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8 people found this review helpful

In April 2006 I fell in love with my very first panda. He was the panda cub born at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. named Tai Shan. From that love grew my passion for Giant Pandas and a desire to help in any way I could to help conserve and preserve these magnificent bears. And then I found Pandas International (PI). I first began interacting with PI by helping with fundraisers, panda adoptions and helping promote their events. Then, in 2010, I traveled to China with a tour group related to PI and met Suzanne Braden, the Director of PI, and saw firsthand how passionate and dedicated she is in supporting Giant Pandas in so many ways. Since then I've been back 3 more times with PI. One of the most inspiring part of PI is that Suzanne is a volunteer" Director who operates PI out of the basement of her home. Suzanne, along with 3 other hard working staff members, is able to literally move mountains in terms of getting the Giant Panda Reserves in China what they so desperately need in terms of baby formula, medical supplies, vaccines, GPS tracking collars, and so much more. I not only believe in what PI stands for and all that they accomplish but I am proud to be a volunteer doing what I can to help both PI and our magnificent Giant Pandas. Thank you PI for all of your hard work and dedication towards the conservation and preservation of our beloved bears.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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5 people found this review helpful

Pandas International is an internationally recognized champion of the very endangered Giant Pandas. They don't just talk about what could be done but rather they identify needs and are then dedicated to making sure the needs are fulfilled through their tireless fundraising efforts and by traveling to China to help in any way possible.

I have always loved Giant Pandas but it wasn't until Tai Shan was born at the Smithsonian National Zoo and I fell in love with him and his parents that I started to learn about just how endangered Giant Pandas are. From there I learned about Pandas International and about all the great work they do and their many accomplishments. Their motto is:
"Endangered means we have time
Extinction is Forever!"

I was so inspired by their efforts that I took a trip to China, organized by Pandas International, in September 2010 to get to see them in action as well as meet a great many pandas - and of course visit Tai Shan who now lives in China. I have also gotten involved with various fundraisers to support their efforts.

Suzanne Braden, the director of Pandas International, and her staff are both very knowledgeable and passionate about saving our beloved Giant Pandas. Suzanne's efforts are a good example of how a charity does it right and makes a difference in this world. Suzanne and Pandas International have inspired many people to join the cause to ensure that extinction and Giant Pandas are never used together - ever.

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I have watched as Pandas International has made great strides in spreading the word that Giant Pandas need lots of financial support so ensure that they will be around for a very long time. I read about their efforts, on the ground in China, right after the 2008 earthquake that was incredibly devastating. Their efforts have supported purchasing milk and supplies for newborn baby pandas as well as helping to repopulate the land in China with more bamboo (that was cleared out for future building sites.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had been involve with this organization and they had done a tremendous job of the awareness of the Pandas situation. The organization raises funds to save the panadas and help with the reserve in China and also working to make sure that people understand the Pandas can be extinct if nothing is being done. A great foundation for helping the Pandas. I will highly recommend this organization.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Pandas International is a great nonprofit organization dedicated to the Surviaval of the Pandas. The organization has done a wonderful job of using the funds to help the Giant pandas on their existence.
I will definitely nominate this organization and donate funds for the Pandas future.,

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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5 people found this review helpful

Pandas International is a excellent non profit organization. I am proud to be a board member for them. Thier main goal is to save the Pandas and also help the pandas to survive in the wild. Dondations goes directly to help the Pandas at Wolong -Bifenxia. The organization is very dedicated to their cause of educating the public of the Pandas and survival for the future of the next generations to come.
I have just returned with a group that visit China just to see the pandas and volunteer at Bifenxia. They alos learned alot more of teh Pandas Plight and understand the goals of Panda International.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to have more people understand what they do .

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We have been involved with this charity since it's inception and they have had the same goal throughout all these years- to help save the Giant Panda from extinction. The folks that run Pandas International give and work tirelessly to raise money and awareness to help this great animal.

 
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Pandas International is the most effective grassroots organization I've ever seen! They work tirelessly to assess not only the long-term needs for conserving the giant panda, but also the short-term needs including emergencies. With firmly established relationships with researchers and caregivers in China (and throughout the world), Pandas International supports the care, breeding, reintroduction, and rescue of pandas, along with habitat conservation.

 
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As with all efforts-we work hard-but never hard enough when time is so precious and an animal as unique and special as the panda is so limited...therefore I am honored to still be a part of Pandas International, an organization that gives, gives and gives to ensure this amazing animal does not become extinct. The amount of time and energy Andrea and Suzanne who are the backbone of Pandas International put in have made a difference in the pandas' future so that the next generation of humans will get to enjoy the pandas adorability factor and very special part in our precious ecosystem. As always, all support, time and money are valuable to continuing the efforts and ensuring the future of the panda so thank you all who so generously give!

 
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5 people found this review helpful

In the crazy world today it is so nice to know that a small dedicated team of volunteers is making great things happen. When a crisis hits, like the earthquake in 2008 and the distemper this year it seems amazing that in a matter of days the vaccine arrived to China thanks to the fabuous donations Pandas International recieved via an immediate campaign for help by Pandas International. This adorable animal cannot afford to be forgotten. So few are left on the earth. Please give your support to Pandas International.

 
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I met Suzanne and Diane the other founder of Pandas International in 2001 and was so impressed by what they were doing that while on a vacation to China that September we (4 of us) contacted them about seeing the reserve in Woolong. I had always been a lover of the bear since the USA received in 1972 the great gift of the adorable black and white bear. Spending time at the reserve made me aware of how important the preservation of this great animal is and how little monies are actually being received at the reserve from the other very well-known animal support organizations. I have been dedicated ever since to helping promote awareness and money to a special species and love the fact that what Pandas International does is received at the reserves. Please support this great organization which is dedicated to getting supplies and funds to the place where it makes a difference! Just 1600 remain on the planet.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Just read the monthly newsletter and so pleased with how they contribute to the health and welfare of such an endangered animal. The Executive Director always pays her own way when traveling to China to take important medical items and check on various panda reserves. And children adore raising money to donate towards the care of such a cute bear and learning about it.

 
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For nearly 8 years I've had the opportunity to raise not only funds but increase the level of care for endangered pandas and also the level of equipment and training needed for their healthy survival. A major

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

also providing immediate emergency medical equipment, food, and shelter to the entire village near the Panda Breeding Center at Wolong when the May 2008 massive earthquake epicenter occurred 20km away. They care for the people who care for the pandas!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Great organization helping a beautiful and precious animal. Thankful for all of the work and dedication of the staff of Pandas International.

 
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We have been involved with supporting Pandas Inter. for many years. We have been impressed by the following things. First, the targeted support for Panda recovery and breeding is quite extraordinary. From incubators to baby formula. Second, the quick response to provide immediate support for the center and its staff who were impacted by the earthquake. Third, the development of strong trust and working relationships with the Chinese government - not an easy government to work with. And, finally, the superb public education program that Pandas provides. All combine to make Pandas our number one nonprofit to provide resources and support. Dick and Peg Brown, Colorado

 
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