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Pandas International

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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

122 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Pat Weiyi

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!

Jenson L.

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 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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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.

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.

Julie Rosner L.

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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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!

Kim_94

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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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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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.

ColoradoPandaLover

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with Pandas International and can’t think of an organization more dedicated to saving a species. They provide critically needed supplies, medications and vaccinations to the panda bases. It is my honor to serve as a volunteer with this organization.

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

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.