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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

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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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.

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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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Professional with expertise in this field

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.

6 Andi M.

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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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.

Comments ( 1 )

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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.

4 Mary257

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.

3 Joe_40

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.