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
I have had the pleasure of working with Pandas International since 2009. PI's executive director Suzanne Braden is one of the most effective and dedicated nonprofit leaders I have ever encountered. Her organization's conservation work with the critically endangered giant Pandas has been crucial to ensure the long term survival of the species. I am confident all money raised after very modest expenses go directly to panda conservation and preservation.
My company, Access China Tours, works with PI to organize annual Panda volunteer tours to the Bifengxia Panda base in Sichuan, China. This is the only place on earth where panda enthusiasts can closely interact with pandas. Ms. Braden offers expert lectures about panda behavior during these volunteer experiences as well as delivering vital medical supplies and bamboo reforestation.
Pandas International is unlike most endangered species non-profits in that their focus is on ONE species - the Giant Panda. By working directly with the panda base and experts in China, I know that Pandas International targets funding to exactly what is needed to serve the staff and the pandas. I'm honored to be a part of such a great organization.
Pandas International is a fabulous organization that not only educates the public regarding the plight of the giant panda but also funds conservation projects, breeding programs, and reintroduction programs for these endangered bears.