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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

133 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great organization! Pandas International has such a deep commitment from the members/donors in supporting the livelihood of the pandas.
Last year I had the opportunity to travel to China with Pandas International and they did an amazing job organizing such a fantastic educational trip. The experience I had with them will be one I will never forget. Seeing for myself and learning so much about the pandas, there needs to be support more than ever for these beautiful animals. I really commend the work Pandas International is doing for these animals with the hope the work they are doing will help keep the pandas around for many more generations to come.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Panda International is a true advocate for all things panda. They work tirelessly to promote pandas through fund raisers and trips that enable one to experience this species in their natural environment.

I was fortunate to travel to China last October with Panda International. It was an experience I will not soon forget and the experience they provided was not only educational but enriching. Andrea Muller of Panda International work tirelessly to expose my husband and I to an one of a kind experience and she did not disappoint.

Hats off to Panda International. May more and more people hear about them and join the effort to protect and expand the existence of this animals.

Celeste M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

In October 2019 I went on my very first Panda Experience trip sponsored by Panda International. The experience was incredible. It provided myself and our group with an opportunity to visit several Panda preserves which enabled us to see a large number of pandas (black and white, brown and red and young and old) and enjoy the opportunity to feed the pandas. Panda International truly structured the trip so that it was more than just viewing these magnificent animals. They also provided an educational experience that enabled me to understand these animals and the ongoing challenge to keep them off the endangered list and to proliferate their species. It was interesting and eye opening.

Panda International truly is a great supporter of the pandas and their efforts are to be applauded!!!!

Kim_94

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have travel with Pandas International to China a number of times and see what the organization does . it certainly impressed me on what this nonprofit organization does to prevent the extinction of these wonderful animals. I certainly give a high rating for this organization on what they do for the Pandas.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am been donating to Pandas International for their wonderful cause to hep the Pandas from Extinction. This organization had done a tremendous effort to preserve the Pandas and the donation had made it worthwhile. The organization had put 100 percent of their effort in fund raising to help the Pandas survival.

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Jenson L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a charity whose purpose I support for its real need to our environmental concerns. These animals need every bit of help they can get. The reality of PI is that nearly all the funding passes through directly to the programs. There is no waste or out of proportion administrative cost. The work PI does is essential to the preservation of this species.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Pandas International provides exceptional service to the needs of Panda Preserves in China. This group works tirelessly to raise money for the project. Each year they hold a dinner to fill us in with their progress. There are so many programs and efforts - online auctions, Pennies for Pandas and more. A small organization, Pandas International, uses its resources generously to provide maximum effect.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am currently a Board Member of Pandas International. Pandas International is wonderful organization with excellent leadership and staff. Even in these unprecedented times, Pandas International has been able to stay true to its mission by continuing to provide public awareness and education about giant pandas, and by maintaining relations in China in order to support research and habitat preservation, and to provide assistance to Giant Panda Centers. As a Board Member, I am extremely proud to be part of this organization!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Pandas International is a wonderful organization! Its mission to ensure the preservation and propagation of the endangered Giant Panda not only helps to ensure biodiversity but also has a beneficial impact on economic viability. Pandas International also provides educational resources for both children and teachers.

Pandas International's Director, Suzanne Braden and Staff Member, Andrea Muller are both wonderful!!! I am a current Board member and enjoy working with both as well as the other members of the Board of Directors!

Pandas International is definitely a five stat nonprofit organization!!

Julie A. Rosner-Lengele


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Andi M.

Donor

Rating: 5

In 2008 I had three wonderful weeks in China, volunteering with pandas. Whilst I was there there was a "Hug my baby" dinner where I learnt what you could adopt a panda. When I came back I started donating a small amount each month Pandas International. On August 14th 2010 one on the pandas, I looked after gave birth to a son. The next day I emailed PI and they sorted out my adoption of him. I nicknamed him An Di and he was soon given the official name Qing Shan. I got lots of photos and reports on his progress, unfortunately, I wasn't able to go to any of the "Hug my baby" but in 2013 I did. I got to meet some of the wonderful members of Pandas International and spent a week looking at and talking about pandas. Once "Hug my baby" was over I then travelled on to Nan Jing Were Qing Shan was staying and I got to spend a few days with him, PI organised with the keepers at the zoo so that I could spend the entire weekend with him. I have visited him quite a few times now. I am very grateful to the wonderful people of PI for their support of the giant pandas and helping to make my time visiting my adopted son so very special.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been my privilege to be the Volunteer Director of Pandas International for the past 20 years. During this time, PI has grown from a very small nonprofit to one having a major impact on the lives of the Giant Pandas. PI works with the China Conservation and Research Centers for the Giant Pandas (4 bases), the Shaanxi Wild Animal Rescue & Breeding Research Center (Lougangtai) and various wild panda reserves to support the panda rangers in the wild. Though these groups, PI is able to support captive pandas, wild pandas and the reintroduction programs. Additionally we support research on the Giant Pandas and field work for research on the habitat. Pandas International is having a significant impact on the care and population of the Giant Pandas.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great Nonprofit helping to save the most wonderful animal.

Pat Weiyi

Board Member

Rating: 5

Although I’m based in China, I’ve been with Pandas International for several years. Pandas International has been dedicated to panda protection for over 20 years, supporting from scientific research, medical supplies, milk formula, wild training and reintroduction, to rangers equipment. With its efforts, the number of pandas have been increasing year by year. On Feb. 8th 2020 I participated for the first time in PI’s fundraising dinner. Suzanne, the Director, and Andrea did great job from planning to organizing to finally setting up tables with some volunteers. At the fundraising dinner I met over thousand panda supporters from all over the USA who generously donate by silent auction to support PI to support the pandas. They are only part of PI’s supporters, who are actually all over the world. PI has done great job to unite them and put their donation together to get big jobs done. Great work! Great people!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Pandas International is a small charity, but has contributed greatly to save and protect the pandas. PI ‘s donation and support include adoption fee from adopters, milk powder for panda cubs, various kinds of vet supplies such as medicine and medical equipment, GPS collars and equipment for the panda wild reintroduction program, generators to guarantee power supply, shelters for staff working in the wild, outfit for rangers, staff training, donation to staff who have met difficulties, truck of rescue supplies after the earthquake in 2008, support to scientific research ...A lot more to list. I’ve been Permanent Member of Wolong Panda Club since 2006 and adopter of a panda since 2007. Since 2012, I’ve been also working as volunteer Advisory Board Member of PI and since 2019 I’ve been working as volunteer Board Member of PI. The more I know about PI and the more I’ve worked for PI, the more I realized how hard PI has been working for the pandas and how much PI has done for the pandas. Many thanks and great respect to PI from the bottom of the heart of a Chinese panda lover in China, and also both a outsider and insider of PI!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Panda's International is an organization passionate about and dedicated to the pandas. I have been served on the board with PI since 2010 and Pandas International is a truly amazing organization who is 100% dedicated to the preservation of this remarkable species and staffed by dedicated people who have a strong passion for what they do. The work they do is tremendous--raising funds, getting supplies to the pandas, working with the panda keeper staff and spreading awareness about the pandas
Their work with the critically endangered giant Pandas has been crucial to ensure the long term survival of the species and they provide exceptional service to the needs of Panda Preserves.
They certainly make a difference in helping panda conservation and recommend supporting their cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pandas International is a truly amazing charity staffed by dedicated people who have a strong passion for what they do. All donations go towards panda conservation and Pandas International is very transparent in communicating how they spend donations. They certainly make a difference in helping panda conservation and recommend supporting them.

ColoradoPandaLover

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The board, Executive Director and staff are very dedicated to helping the pandas in China. Each one is very caring and strives to make the most use of the donations to further help the pandas in many ways. PI has been helpful in providing veterinarian supplies and equipment to help the pandas extend their lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff is professional and well versed in all aspects of Pandas. They truly work had to help save the pandas in China, have bamboo planted by the locals, and provide excellent information to school children.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Pandas International (PI) for over 13 years as a volunteer, donating, adopting pandas, and as a Board Member for the past 3 years. PI's mission is to support the conservation of Giant Pandas primarily through our work with the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pandas (CCRCGP). Our Director, Suzanne, and Assistant Director, Andrea, lead our efforts and consistently meet or exceed the needs and requests of the CCRCGP in addition to assisting other affiliated panda bases with special projects. All of PI's efforts are funded via donations that Suzanne and Andrea skillfully work to obtain throughout each year. Thanks to the generosity of our board members, PI does not have to pay monthly office or storage fees. As a result, we are able to ensure that the vast majority of donations received are used to support panda conservation. PI is a well run, very efficient organization that is able to respond to long term CCRCGP requests as well as last minute and/or emergency requirements.

Having traveled to China eight times with PI, I've seen first hand how well received PI's efforts are and the very good reputation and close relationships that PI maintains with the CCRCGP scientists, doctors/vets and panda keepers. It is a pleasure to watch PI interact with the CCRCGP "in the field" and see how much has been accomplished through PI's years of dedicated efforts to support Giant Pandas. For example, PI hand carries supplies to China each year (i.e. formula for baby pandas, GPS tracking collars, medical supplies and computer software to better analyze panda health) in addition to working with the CCRCGP to locate manufacturers world wide to provide vaccines and equipment not readily available in China or the U.S.

In summary, PI is a full service non-profit organization that maximizes the use of every dollar donated. I am proud to be a member of PI and am constantly amazed by how much is accomplished with limited staff and funding. For anyone that is dedicated to Giant Panda conservation or looking for a way to get involved and make a difference, the best way to help and support our beloved bears is by supporting Pandas International's efforts and donate today!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Pandas International (PI) for over 12 years as a volunteer, making donations, adopting pandas and as a Board Member for the past 2 years. My passion for supporting Giant Pandas has only continued to grow and I have traveled to China once each year for the past 8 years with PI. The trips are life changing as well as so very gratifying. I have worked closely with both the Director and the Assistant Director and can honestly say that the amount that they are able to accomplish is truly amazing as well as inspirational. PI is located in the basement of the Director's home and the Director donates her time to manage PI. The operation is streamlined to maximize the amount of money that is used to actually support our precious Giant Pandas - close to 100%. At a time when we are all asked to do more with less, PI epitomizes a well run, well organized and cost efficient and effective organization squarely focused on making sure that our beloved bears and the caregivers are provided with the best support possible.

In addition to being very well run, PI is a non-profit that embodies the passion and skills required to work with and coordinate activities with the Chinese as well as other organizations from around the world. From helping to fund technical conferences to facilitating the training of doctors and scientists to providing the equipment and clothing required to ensure that the Chinese keepers, doctors and scientists working in the field are safe and protected, PI responds to whatever challenge is provided and always finds a way to meet or exceed the needs of both the pandas and their caregivers.

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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Donor

Rating: 5

Pandas International is a great organization. They’re truly committed to giant panda conservation and do many wonderful things to raise interest and work with the breeding centers to further this cause.

Donor

Rating: 5

Pandas International has brought tremendous help to the pandas in China. They help from afar but also spend the time in China at the preserve to see their work and donations in action and learn how they can better support. Wonderful organization with a staff who really care!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Pandas International is a great organization that has impressive dedication to their mission. The team is small but mighty and works very hard to support the pandas in China. Each year we attend their annual fundraising dinner and part of the evening is a presentation with pictures of activity from the previous year. The aid Pandas International provides to the panda reserve is evident in the stories and pictures shared. We get to see how the donations are utilized to support a struggling population of very cute bears! The money we donate is well spent and we feel so comfortable knowing every dollar makes a difference to a very important and struggling breed.

Christopher R B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Pandas International since inception and this organization is fully dedicated to saving the great Pandas. They provide critically needed supplies, medications and vaccinations to the panda reserves in China. I recommend them highly as it is a great bunch of folks doing something great for an endangered animal.

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife Faye and I have been supporters of Panda’s International for some time. And at every annual dinner, I never cease to be amazed by the commitment of this organization to preserving the continued well being of these delightful creatures. Although the United States is not a natural habitat for pandas, Pandas International engages communities in learning about and appreciating the importance of preserving and maintaining the species. The staff recognizes that growing a better world demands that we care for what we have and they direct thier efforts to that end. Pandas International engages young and old alike to participate in the stewardship of our natural world.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've loved pandas for many many years and was thrilled to learn of Pandas International being right here in Denver, Colo. I joined a tour to China to work with the pandas and to learn more about the conservation centers there. What a thrill and privilege! I am now a Board member and love to volunteer on whatever our outstanding staff needs help.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a part of the PI family for over 10 years and each year I am amazed at the amount of work this organization accomplishes for the Giant Panda. From providing baby formula for the cubbies to replanting bamboo where needed and everything in between. I am very proud to be a part of Pandas International because not only are they helping the Giant Panda survive today's world they are also helping all animals, plants, ego systems etc within the home where the Giant Panda lives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Have always loved all type of bears and in 2005 I totally fell in love with Tai Shan;the Giant Panda cub born in DC. Through my love of Tai Shan I found many other people of like mind and found Pandas International. Suzanne, Andrea and the entire staff are relentless where it comes to saving the Giant Panda and their habitit. From the re-planting of trees and bamboo, formula for the cubbies, medicine, equipment etc etc etc thru fund raising. Through PI's efforts in bringing the Giant Panda's home back to them, also brings back the home to those who share bamboo forest for example the Red Panda, the Floral, the Golden Lion Taminan.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported Pandas International for more than 10 years. I believe the work they are doing to help ensure Giant Pandas thrive into the future is very important. The world needs these mystical and adorable animals. They have survived on earth for millions and millions of years despite so many odds such as low reproduction, bamboo die-offs, and humans. A power higher than us wants Giant Pandas to continue to thrive far into the future.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting Pandas International for more than ten years ever since I fell madly in love with a pink hairless squealing little cub named Tai Shan. They do a excellent job in educating people about Giant Pandas and why we need to make sure they survive into the future. PI provides much needed services like vaccines and formula for newborns and works with the Chinese in doing whatever is needed to help. Everyone at PI is so dedicated to Giant Pandas and and know they pure joy they bring. The world needs more happy and Giant Pandas equal happy.

Stephanie109

Board Member

Rating: 5

Another year of cute and cuddly leaves one grateful for the opportunity to do anything possible to ensure the future of this amazing animal! Fortunate for the panda there is Pandas International whose only cause is the panda and ensuring the future of this precious species. The organization is small and focused so every penny for a panda really does go a long way in providing what is needed to the panda reserves/centers we work with in China.
If you are looking to make a difference for the black and white cuddly bear, this is the organization that will make sure your donation makes that difference.

Thank you in advance for your donation!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the board of Pandas International since 2002 and I can tell you the director Suzanne Braden goes above and beyond the call of Director for a board. She devotes her time and resources to ensuring that the adorable bear the world so loves continues to thrive. It is a true honor to be apart of a non-profit that really does what it says and as time has shown every donation and all your support can and does make a difference to the panda population-yes, improved, but still critically low populations. Please give generously and as often as you can share our mission.
Thank you,
Stephanie Moss

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Donor

Rating: 5

Pandas International does wonderful work. Working alongside the Chinese, this nonprofit truly does all they can to help save Giant Pandas. Our donations go for formula, medicine, vaccines, medical equipment, etc. to help pandas. It is good to know that all money donated goes directly to helping pandas.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been an avid panda fan since 1980. I visited Ling Ling and Hsing Hsing at Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC and wanted to learn all I could about panda bears. At the time, I relied on National Geographic magazines and TV shows. I knew they were in trouble and needed help to survive. When Pandas International came along, I knew we had hope. I have been a proud supporter of this organization for many years. Knowing the money I donate goes directly to the pandas means a lot. They do incredible work.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been supporting Pandas International since 2005 and a board member since 2011.
Pandas International leadership is passionate about the conservation and propagation of the giant panda. All monies raised are carefully spent on spreading awareness, planting bamboo, medical supplies, medicine and medical staff training.

They are a sincere dedicated charity worthy of supporting whose work truly makes a difference.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I found Suzanne Braden’s passion and commitment towards conservation of the giant panda inspiring….so inspiring I wanted to make an immediate difference and volunteered to serve on the Board of Directors.

I proudly serve on the board of directors and look forward to continued support of the P/I mission. From my experience I first hand see how Pandas International puts all donations to effective use supporting giant panda conservation.

I found that helping make decisions on how we support the pandas both directly and indirectly truly inspiring. I’ve been to China twice to volunteer at Bifengxia Panda Reserve and am looking forward to my next visit. I find that caring for the pandas, hand carrying supplies to the reserve and helping the reserve staff fulfilling….I’ve adopted a cub and will continue to support her over the coming years.

Jerry60

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Terrific organization helping to Save the Giant Pandas. I volunteer for them as much as i can.

Donor

Rating: 5

We've supported Pandas International for several years. The staff and Board are dedicated to helping Giant Pandas which are facing extinction in the wild. PI supports equipment, science, education, and general operating costs for Panda centers in China. Every year special collections are taken to assist with things like providing baby formula, for special equipment (i.e. incubators), and to encourage bamboo growth. When the WuLong panda center was destroyed by earthquakes, mudslides and flooding, PI was there to help move the pandas, help the staff and find new opportunities to continue the work so pandas can survive.

debleeparker

Donor

Rating: 5

Pandas International is totally focused on getting support such as baby formula, vaccines, and medical equipment, via donations, to the giant pandas and their conservators--not only in China, but in breeding programs around the world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Christopher81

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pandas International does some incredible work around the world to preserve and enhance the lives of the endangered panda. Their outreach and tireless work that they do to support the giant panda is unprecedented by any other organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm always amazed at how dedicated Pandas International is to their work and I appetite knowing that my donations actually go towards Pandas. Great organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have loved pandas for many, many years, and am excited to read about the efforts to preserve them from extinction. I recently discovered that Pandas International's office is located here in Denver, Colorado, and am amazed at what they do for the pandas and the conservation centers in China who are so dedicated to caring for the pandas. A few years ago, my husband and I was thrilled to join a "Panda Lovers" tour to China, coordinated by a Pandas International Board Member. Working with the pandas for a couple of days was a thrill beyond belief. It is an honor to be a volunteer for Pandas International, and working with the dedicated staff. As Pandas International states, "Endangered Means we have Time, Extinction is Forever."

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

5 Cherie L.

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

7 Chet C.

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Pandas International and volunteered to deliver supplies to the panda center in China. Great organization doing a terrific job for the Giant Pandas

1 DianaCee

Donor

Rating: 1

I would give it zero stars if that was possible. I would like to retract the comments I made in 2012. At that time, I had only heard about the organization.
Since that time, I have donated to adopt a panda and had interaction with PI. They have lied to me, and I can show emails. At the last Hug My Baby event,. Suzanne and her VIP possee even stayed at a different hotel than the rest of us. What kind of person does that when they are fund raising?
Shaking my head. Don't get me started about the distemper vaccines.

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pandas-international 04/16/2015

We are very sorry this is how you feel about our organization. We strive to have good relations with all our donors. Our director chose to stay at a different hotel, as she pays all her own expenses, instead of using limited resources vital to saving the giant panda. Regarding the distemper vaccines, the vaccine is a special recombinant vaccine which was not available from the manufacture for all of 2014, but as soon as it was made available in 2015, Pandas International sent 600 doses to various panda centers in China.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Suzanne and Pandas International has done so much to help giant panda conservation. The money donated is used to assist giant panda conservation in China as well as educate the public.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This remarkable group works hard to preserve the panda in a natural habitat. In our world we need to have all the effort we can put forth to maintain a world our grandchildren can enjoy and hold close. Without efforts like Panda International it would be a lost cause.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Pandas International (PI) made it easy for me to adopt my very own panda baby who is now in Belgium making new friends and will give birth to and raise cubs. PI also supports supplemental formula and equipment purchases for the Wolong Panda Center and its satellite station at Bifengxia in Sichuan China. Additionally they are now helping sponsor the planting of bamboo corridors to support the ability of pandas to move to new areas to mate and contribute to genetic diversity. My contributions have supported all of these initiatives. Suzanne Braden and her small staff have performed miracles with limited resources and made major contributions to the continuing survival of an iconic species -- the Giant Panda.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came to know & meet PI volunteers, adopters & staff through my private adoption of a Panda from Wolong, Sichuan China. We met at the Panda reserve several years ago and have become Panda friends with a number of PI members & staff. They are all so passionate about protecting Pandas and really caring & nice people. I was impressed with the support PI has given over the years to the Panda reserves, especially when earthquakes devastated their sites. They were quick to arrange shipments of much needed essentials, medicines, etc for the staff & Pandas. They also kept us updated on the status of the disaster. Without their communications & monitoring, we would not have known the extent of the damage & their needs. I highly recommend & support PI as a Great Non Profit organisation who deserves to be highlighted as a champion for China's Pandas. We must work together to preserve these seriously endangered icons of China.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Their Pennies for Panda program is a great way for young children to give to something! It's an educational program that not only teaches them about the Pandas, but teaching a child to give is something we should have learned at a young age.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pandas International has been instrumental in providing much needed support for the raising, protection and conservation of giant pandas. Among other things, they have helped with providing special milk formula for new born pandas, incubators in which to raise orphan new born pandas, educational displays at the research center, planting bamboo for pandas in the nature reserve.

I know first hand how much the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda and other wildlife rescue centers have benefitted and appreciate the support of Pandas International.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended many fund raisers for Pandas International in the Denver, CO, metro area. At each one, the demonstrate their commitment to preserving these endangered animals and raising public awareness to their plight. I feel like my donations and participation in the fund raisers are making a difference. I hope to someday join Pandas International on a trip to China to see first hand how they are making a difference. This is a great organization to support.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended several fund raising activities and have always been impressed with the director and board and the worthiness of this charity. This group goes way above and beyond.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been exceptionally impressed by the dedication if Panda's International toward the protection of the giant panda. In addition to public awareness, the organization provides for the fundamental needs of the panda centers managed by the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda. The support includes vital medications for the pandas, X-ray and medical equipment, funding for researchers and scientists, panda enrichment and funding to support the daily needs of the reserves. No other organization is more committed to saving the Giant Panda.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Pandas International, since joining one of their 2010 tours in China, and adopted a cub Hu Xiao, since 2010. I also support the work of Pandas International by bringing enrichment toys to the pandas. I assist in fundraising through donations of items and attend their annual dinner in February in Denver.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the Volunteer Director and Board member of Pandas International, going to China once a year to observe how our support is being implemented at the Panda Centers is one of the greatest times of the year. Hand carrying supplies in heavy luggage and long flights is quickly forgotten at the sight of Giant Pandas. Seeing the staff caring for the pandas and knowing Pandas International is having an impact by providing formula, incubators, vaccines, basic hospital supplies, advanced training for staff, etc. is a wonderful feeling. Doing all I can to help save this magnificent species is extremely fulfilling. Seeing cubs in incubators PI has provided and getting formula PI has provided and staff helping the cubs to nurse is just truly inspirational. So as we say- Endangered means we have time- Extinction is Forever!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came across Pandas International earlier this year and was immediately impressed with their ability to deliver on their mission -- providing public awareness and education (through strategic partnerships with panda reserves and multimedia organizations like explore.org), supporting research and promoting habitat preservation. The importance of Giant Pandas is a difficult message to deliver to a global audience, many of whom may never see them in real life, and Pandas International does an incredible job of connecting people to these amazing animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter (18 yrs) and I were travelling in China for a month and volunteered at Bifengxia Panda Center for a day. It took us 2 hours by private car to get there from Chengdu and we spent the most wonderful day at the Centre. We looked after a Panda breeding enclosure with Ebu and Chengdu our pandas.

We mucked out the outdoor area as well as their indoor sleeping and eating area. Break up the bamboo and replace it in the outdoor area. We got to cut up apples, carrots and 'Panda cake' for their morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea and hand fed them with the trainer close by. What an amazing experience. Lots of photo opportunities.

We ate lunch with all the Chinese employees and spent about an hour when the park was closed over lunch watching the baby pandas play in the Kindergarten enclosure!

We would definitely go back for longer than a day next time!

Cherie and Maddi Whan from Australia July 2012

Donor

Rating: 5

Pandas International is a wonderful non-profit that encourages and educates all panda lovers to help save the pandas.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

not a great charity....no much help for endangered species and panda. All work is done now for Chinese to save wild habitat in China!

Donor

Rating: 5

A great little non-profit that understands the needs of the endangered panda. They focus on the tactical requirements, and have made a significant contribution to saving this species. Their goal of replanting bamboo is the type of focused activity that will have a huge impact in the effort to save the wild giant panda.

Donor

Rating: 5

Pandas International is an awesome organization! How many people in this world think that pandas are precious but don't realize how rare they have become or how hard a fight is required just to save their kind?! "Not many" is my belief. People smile, laugh, and enjoy them but they don't realize that they must do something to help this species to survive! Pandas International helps people to understand just what these wonderful animals are up against and all the needs they have in order to continue to survive in the wild. What's more, the organization helps people to actually feel that they are "hands on" in helping the pandas to survive by donating to specific funds for milk, bamboo, etc. I personally love knowing that when I send money it is going specifically where I want it to go. Most organizations don't offer the opportunity to specify exactly what you want your donation used for. It helps me to feel more involved and more valuable as a donor - more a part of truly helping these animals rather than having my donation go to pay "administrative expenses" and so on. And finally, I love the fact that Pandas International invites people to go on yearly tours of China & (most of all) our beloved panda reserves every year - it is comforting to know that you have the opportunity to enjoy such an experience with people who have done it before and know what to expect from all aspects of the tour. To me, pandas show a whimsical side of God that I truly adore -they are so unbelieveably interesting and lovable. THANK YOU PANDAS INTERNATIONAL FOR ALL THAT YOU DO TO SUPPORT THE CONTINUED EXISTENCE OF THESE WONDERFUL AND UNIQUE ANIMALS that are irreplaceable. I am very pleased to be able to have my say on this organization. Thank You, Sincerely, Michele Stevens

Sonja B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have supported PI from it's inception volunteering for events... PI helps with donations of milk for panda babies and bamboo for all pandas! without PI's support and dedication we wouldn't be able to love all of these wonderful bears!

Donor

Rating: 5

I first heard of Pandas International a number of years ago. I started donating monthly about 5 years ago to the milk fund and later to the bamboo fund. In 2009 adopted Hao Hao, Hua Mei's daughter. I continue and will continue that adoption now and in the future. The quarterly updates that PI sends are illuminating as to her growth and antics. (She is a definite character.) I have also purchased gear from PI and felt that it was a good value in support of a good cause. I heartily endore Pi as a Green 2012 organization.

Advisor

Rating: 5

During its eleven year history, PI has become a global leader in the fight to save the endangered giant Panda. With a small staff of three part time employees and an unpaid director, PI has been able to supply panda centers with formual for cubs, critical medical equipment and supllies for the veterinarians, educational materials through its website, www.pandasinternational.org, and is currently engaged in a bamboo replanting campaign to help counter the loss of native bamboo due to the horrific earthquake of 2008, torrential spring rains of 2009-2010, and unusually heavy snows and disasterous floods in 2011. Theyt have quickly become a recognized and respected player in wildlife conservation and sustainable habitat protection.