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April 20, 2010

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April 20, 2010

I first heard about Pandas International when I became enamored of Tai Shan, the 1st surviving panda cub born at the National Zoo in Washington DC. Observing and falling in love with this baby panda fueled my desire to learn more about the species and their hard fought struggle to survive; approximately only 1600 pandas exist in the wild at this time. In my research, I discovered Pandas International and Suzanne Braden, the director of the organization. I was immediately impressed by her dedication and love for these beloved animals. Through Panda International's fundraising efforts and public relations and dissemination of information, funds are being raised to provide medical equipment/supplies, bamboo and formula for the cubs as well as any and all items required to facilitate the conservation and longevity of these amazing animals. I can't say enough wonderful things about Pandas International and their wonderful, caring staff.

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

the increased number of pandas cubs being born and surviving!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning and understanding more about Pandas and the sheer joy that I get by observing them

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help ensure that Pandas will be on our planet for future generations to come

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 16, 2010

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April 16, 2010

When I volunteered at the Wolong Panda Research Center in China in 2006, I adopted a cub there. Since then I have been adopting 2 cubs per year through PI. The pandas desperately need help because, as everyone knows, they are highly endangered. PI was there when the severe earthquake struck Sichuan Province and destroyed the research center in 2008. They immediately sent supplies to help both the people of Wolong and the pandas who all had to be moved to a different facility quite far away. Suzanne Braden was there on the ground before the roads were even rebuilt and participated in the

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the care and love the people at Pandas International have for animals (especially pandas) and the people who care for them--and how quickly they respond to requests from donors. PI publishes an online newsletter and sends emails about all things pandas.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 15, 2010

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April 15, 2010

I became a member of Pandas International a few years ago after the birth of Tai Shan, the Giant Panda born at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC in 2005. For millions of panda devotees and myself, Tai Shan’s birth was a joyous event that also brought home the plight of China’s endangered Giant Pandas and our global imperative to save this wonderful species. Inevitably my love for pandas led me to Pandas International (PI), the panda advocacy group in Denver, CO. Founded in 1999 by Suzanne Braden and Diane Rees, PI is the Giant Panda’s lifeline to panda lovers and animal conservationists in the United States. At the same time, PI is the outside world’s window into the progress of panda conservation in China. I’ve been so impressed not only with PI’s efforts on behalf of panda conservation but with the way Suzanne and her staff interact daily by phone/e-mail with PI’s members, many of whom have adopted pandas in China. As the Director of Pandas International, Suzanne Braden works with the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) on the panda centers’ needs for funding and the pandas’ food, medical supplies/equipment in addition to unforeseen national emergencies like the devastating earthquake in 2008 that destroyed the CCRCGP’s headquarters in Wolong, Sichuan province. Suzanne and her staff worked tirelessly to help raise funds for the pandas and their devoted caretakers who risked their lives to move the pandas from Wolong to safety. Soon after the Sichuan earthquake, Suzanne traveled to Wolong to help and bring aid. I'll never forget the photos of Suzanne comforting the grief-stricken keeper of the panda Mao Mao who perished in the Wolong quake. Year after year PI continues to raise funds to save the pandas; provide much-needed equipment like ultra-sound machines for panda breeding; and keep the international community informed about the needs and welfare of the pandas. Suzanne Braden’s personal rapport with Chinese officials, veterinarians and CCRCGP staffers is a crucial bridge between the panda advocates in China and America. Suzanne, Carrie Phillips and the other PI staffers are always there to answer my questions about all things panda! Will the Bifengxia base have a pandacam so Tai Shan’s fans in the US can see him? Where can I get updates and photos on my adopted cubbies, Wang Jia and Wen Yu? Is Wang Jia a boy or girl? Why did the Washington Post say Tai Shan will fade into “obscurity” after moving from DC to Bifengxia?! What's up with the pandacam?! Call PI!!! Pandas International is the model advocacy group for animal conservation because it focuses on the pandas' needs while addressing the concerns of its members. As one who is deeply concerned about the fate of the endangered Giant Pandas, I greatly appreciate the tireless dedication that Pandas International has devoted to the magnificent panda bears of China. Ultimately, Pandas International is not just about pandas: Pandas International is about pandas and the people who love them.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Pandas International's focus on getting funds/food/medical supplies to the panda breeding and research centers in China instead of spending its resources to staging publicity-driven social events that take away from it's primary goal: saving the pandas!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help save the Giant Panda and ensure that pandas will be around for a long, long time!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 15, 2010

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April 15, 2010

Following the Sichuan Earthquake in China I organized 4 adoptions of pandas to raise money for the Pandas International panda and humanitarian projects. Through pooling resources from many donors to create "group adoptions" 10 people were able to participated in each adoption. I called these sponsor groups my " ADOPTION TRIBES". Carrie and Tobi who do all the paperwork and bookeeping as adoption coordinators are INCREDIBLE. They have given me so much help to make these unique adoption experiences accessible and affordable for many who couldn't swing an entire $500.00 partial adoption on their own. Since these original 4 adoption tribes I have organize many more group sponsorships as well as donate my artwork as often as I can for fundraising auctions and T Shirt designs for this non profit. My most recent donation was a newly designed logo for Pandas International which I was invited to create. Very flattering to say the least!. I have to say this was the most incredible project I have ever worked on because my heart was totally in it. Suzanne and Team Hussar Photography were a delight to work with and it all went so smoothly from conception to the final tweeking. This is typical of every single project or transaction I have had with this organization. True professionals dedicated to the core to protect, preserve , and educate about our Giant Pandas. I can't say enough good about these incredible people who are doing such important and difficult work. The pandas are fortunate indeed!

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

the feedback and updates I receive regarding my panda adoptions and have seen with my own eyes the work they have done in China at Bifengxia Panda Base

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The personal touches and frequent updates showing where my money is working for the pandas

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding!!! There are no harder working and dedicated people around. For a small group they do a HUGE job!! Kudos to all of the Pandas International staff!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 15, 2010

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April 15, 2010

My first experience with Pandas International was 2 1/2 years ago when I booked a trip to China and I had a couple of questions about the Bifengxia Panda Research Center. Although I was not yet a donor, I emailed them and Suzanne Braden responded within a day. I was impressed that she took the time to answer my questions and respond so quickly. To this day, I receive prompt responses to any email correspondence that I have with them. After my initial contact with Suzanne Braden, I looked further into Pandas International and found out that they are such a very important part of the effort to save the giant panda. They work closely with the Bifengxia base and provide medical supplies and equipment, as well as formula for the cubs and donations to plant more bamboo for this wonderful species. When I returned from my trip to China, I adopted a panda named Xin Ni Er through Pandas International. They send me updates and pictures of her on a regular basis. I have ordered items from them many times (one can never have too many panda items) and I always receive them promptly and without any issues.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that I am helping a wonderful organization in their efforts to save the giant pandas.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

buy much needed medical equipment, supplies, formula and other necessities to help save the beloved giant pandas. They could also use the money for educational programs to raise awareness of the plight of the giant panda.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 15, 2010

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April 15, 2010

I was drawn to support Pandas International because it was pioneering in its efforts to help an animal species in crisis. The organization also extended its personal reach to panda caregivers when they were affected by the China quake. They have remained small, personal, and innovative in their approach to aiding a most worthy cause.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Learning about, getting closer to, and being given the opportunity to support such a wonderful animal species.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Caring, generous, and considerate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Possibly save the panda bear, an entire species, from extinction.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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