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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

112 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

Kim_94

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been visiting the Pandas in China the last 15years. I enjoyed the Pandas and also to help with raising funds to protect and making sure they do not become extinct. Pandas International has done a great job of helping the Pandas and funds that are raise goes towards assisting the reserves in China on Pandas Survival..

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We are strong supporters of Pandas International for their dedicated work towards helping the Giant Pandas. They have been helping fund the Pandas in China on medical, education and improving their lifestyle and also provide medical education for the staff on Pandas being. I highly recommend Pandas International on their mission towards the Giant Pandas.

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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.

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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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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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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Jenson L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with PI for 9 years. Each and every effort shows the enormous dedication to raising money for the Pandas. The resources raised are consistently passed through as maximum dollars for the programs supported. It is the dedication to the goal which makes this group exceed all expectation.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This group is the 'little engine that could'. Raising money for vaccines, transporting vital medical equipment to the preserves, creating awareness of the plight of the pandas -- all are a critical part of what they do. PI is at the forefront of care and support for the pandas working hand in hand with the Chinese to preserve the pandas

Julie Rosner L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Julie Lengele
Board Member

I have had a passion for pandas since childhood. I have been supporting Pandas International for several years and have just joined its Board of Directors. This amazing organization works toward the conversation and propagation of the endangered Giant Panda. Pandas International helps to spread awareness of these wonderful animals as well as raises funds for planting bamboo, obtaining medial supplies, and training medical staff to care for our beloved Giant Panda Bears. The organization has a wonderful Director and Staff member who work very hard everyday to achieve its mission and goals. I am honored to be a Board member and part of Pandas International!

Donor

Rating: 5

Great Nonprofit helping to save the most wonderful animal.

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.

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