PANDAS INTERNATIONAL

Rating: 4.86 stars   78 reviews 1,935

Issues: Animals

Location: 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
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 84-1544557
303-933-2365
www.pandasinternational.org
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3 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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There is no way to put into words the selfless efforts that PI puts forth for the Giant Pandas.
As a donor, fund raiser and what I consider a colleague - there is no greater passion than that of PI.
They have enlightened the world about the bears, which is China's National Symbol. PI has enriched the Pandas like no other organization has. My deep established relationship will bring many more years of fund raising and working together.

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I have been fundraising with Pandas International for several years. They are nothing short of amazing! They have done an incredible amount of tireless work for the pandas, giving of their own free time and finances. My fundraising proceeds are guaranteed to go the pandas in China, unlike the zoo's. The PI staff continuously goes over and above on a daily basis. Not only for the pandas, but also for the donors. I look forward to many more years of working together with them.

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Having been associated with Pandas International for the past few years, we couldn't find a better non-profit organization who is 100% dedicated to the preservation of this remarkable species. They have always been quick to respond to any crisis. We appreciate all the numerous things you do and will continue to support all your efforts.

William and Karom Burke
Honolulu, Hawaii

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Panda's International is an organization absolutely passionate about and dedicated to the pandas. I have been involved with PI since 2008. The work they do is tremendous--raising funds, getting supplies to the pandas, working with the pandas, spreading the word, and educating us about the pandas and the work needed to keep the pandas going. Suzanne is amazing with her staff, the board, and the volunteers and donors ensuring support for these great animals. I look forward to the monthly newsletters and to the annual dinner event to stay connected to the progress of the pandas. Kudos to PI for their dedication to the pandas.

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Panda's International is a wonderful organization working to keep pandas in the world. They have done so much for the pandas from providing formula and incubators for the babies to providing food and shelter and programs to reintroduce pandas back into the wild. The dedication of the executive director and the board to the pandas is inspirational.

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The support provided to the pandas will ensure they do not become extinct.

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The organization is working hard to build relationships with those who care for and work with the pandas as well as creating a sustainable future plan for the organization.

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This is my ninth year as a giant panda adopter through Pandas International. After adopting Feng Yi in 2006, I adopted two other pandas, also through PI - Gong Zhu in 2008 and Gong Gong, Feng Yi's son, in 2013.

Through PI, I've also volunteered at both Wolong and Bifengxia, beginning in 2007. I've worked with the keepers at both bases, and saw for myself the dedication of the keepers and the vets.

I've also attended the annual Hug My Baby gathering since 2010 and met Suzanne and her team - regular people who are highly dedicated and hardworking, not just names at the end of regular email messages from PI.

I am proud to be an adopter and volunteer through Pandas International. Keep up the good work, Suzanne, Andrea and Tanja!

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I have been familiar with Pandas International since their inception and have donated to them multiple times! Suzanne and her staff do an amazing job of fund raising and providing direct hands on support for the preservation of the Giant Panda. I'm sure all of the veterinary staff at the Wolong Panda Preserve would echo how much the support of PI has meant to them! I have helped them with finding medical equipment, and I know the trials they have gone through to hand carry supplies and equipment to China to be used for the support of the Panda population!

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I've been involved since it's inception and have volunteered every year at most events. While most people are just thinking of themselves these days, this organization gives all it can to save an endangered animal species.

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I have been a donor to PI since 2008, and have since adopted 2 pandas One in 2010 and the other at the end of last year.

I have been to "Hug my baby" twice and met with Suzanna and other members of her team. They were always helpful, fun and passionate about pandas. The officials from CCRCGP were highly appreciative of what Pandas International did for them.

I'm proud to be an adopter and donor with Pandas International.

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