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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Veterinary Services, Wildlife Sanctuaries

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

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 4

Suzanne Braden and her staff do a wonderful job at raising awareness for the endangered Giant Panda. I am amazed at the hard work and dedication of this group. It is evident in everything that the do that the Giant Panda is their first priority. With only 1,600 Pandas left in the wild, we need to act now and prevent extinction of this beautiful animal. Thanks Pandas International!

Donor

Rating: 5

I love pandas and this in an organization that has the contacts and the desire to help pandas survive and thrive. I have donated to them because I feel confident that the money truly goes to helping pandas. They provide formula for the babies, bamboo for the adults, and anything that the panda people in China need to help this species until that wonderful day when pandas can come off the endangered species list.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’m an enthusiastic member of Pandas International because I’ve seen the assistance they provide to the conservation of giant pandas. Working directly with facilities in China, Pandas International understands what resources are needed. They have procured funds to plant bamboo, shipped formula for newborn panda cubs, and even obtained medical supplies for panda care. Pandas International responded immediately to provide earthquake relief to people and bears affected by the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan China. I’ve donated to these efforts as well as to specifically purchase an ultrasound machine and to adopt a panda. I am pleased that all donations go directly to the care, feeding and health of endangered giant pandas.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I became involved with Pandas International after Tai Shan was born. Suzanne and her staff are very dedicated to helping and preserving the Giant Pandas. PI was there after the earthquake at Wolong with help and supplies. Through fund raising and volunteering PI is helping with the conservation of the Giant Pandas. Suzanne is a wonderful person and great to work with!!

Donor

Rating: 5

This non-profit dos so much to help the Giant Panda. I think since there are so few Giant Pandas on displays at zoos in the US, people are not confronted with the urgency of saving them from becoming extinct. After the earthquake in China, they did so much to help the Wolong Reserve. Also, they provide great products to buy to donate. All good quality and a great "Pennies for Pandas" program to educate your children how to give back.

Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of Pandas International after the earthquake hit so hard. I was so impressed with what they did to save their pandas, I donated and then became more involved. I went to their dinner 2 years ago and was amazed to see how many other donors showed up. I've made donations in my Chinese preteen niece's name several times and she always asks that I do so. I'm so pleased to be able to help such a worthy cause.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Pandas International is dedicated to preservation and well being of the Pandas. I saw their hard work after the earthquakes a few years ago.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I first heard of Pandas International several years ago after I visited the pandas at the National Zoo and Googled pandas when I returned home. I read about how they provided advanced medical equipment, supplies, food and other support to the panda breeding program in China which is always short of resources. After the earthquake in Szechuan they replaced important equipment and helped the pandas survive. To me the pandas are beautiful, entertaining, animals who have managed to survive despite changing conditions that should have caused their extinction. But the fact that they have survived despite their difficulty in reproducing, their highly specific diet, their shrinking habitat is a miracle and an inspiration to those who would help save the diversity of species. Pandas International has a unique niche in the world of non-profits and that is why I support it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I participated in the May 12th, 2008 Earthquake Relief Fund by donating to help rebuild the habitat for the giant panda. I also posted information on my website to spread the word.