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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

Pandas Int'l is a great nonprofit group. I've been to two of their fundraising dinners and was impressed both times by the food and speeches. They are a passionate group of people.

Stephanie234

Board Member

Rating: 5

Always fond of the cutest, cuddliest "bear", I was fortunate to meet the founders of Pandas International, Diane and Suzanne in 2001. Discovering their passion for the panda, as I was about to embark on my first trip to China, they assisted myself and 3 companions on a side trip to the Woolong Panda Reserve where we were able to visit what we thought would be a "zoo". Surprised when there we were able to realize how endangered the panda really was and how lucky we were to be able to watch, hold and even feed a cub during our days at Woolong. Returning home, I knew I needed to do more to ensure extinction was not the next phase.
I am proud to be a board member since that time and am thrilled that companies like my employer, MLT Vacations and my husbands, Suncor Energy have also become supporters of this rare and precious animal.
Please donate, volunteer, and ask your company for a donation or sponsorship of a Pandas International event.
You really can change the future by simply spreading the message.
Thank you,
Stephanie Moss

Carol2345678

Donor

Rating: 5

Pandas International is a wonderful organization. They bring recognition to the highly endangered Giant Panda. Their work has inspired many to become involved with not only pandas but other endangered species. The world is a better place with Giant Pandas in it and the pandas are lucky to have Suzanne Braden and Pandas International!

Donor

Rating: 4

Suzanne Braden and her staff do a wonderful job at raising awareness for the endangered Giant Panda. I am amazed at the hard work and dedication of this group. It is evident in everything that the do that the Giant Panda is their first priority. With only 1,600 Pandas left in the wild, we need to act now and prevent extinction of this beautiful animal. Thanks Pandas International!

Donor

Rating: 5

I love pandas and this in an organization that has the contacts and the desire to help pandas survive and thrive. I have donated to them because I feel confident that the money truly goes to helping pandas. They provide formula for the babies, bamboo for the adults, and anything that the panda people in China need to help this species until that wonderful day when pandas can come off the endangered species list.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Suzanne Braden and her staff do an excellent job of bring awareness to the need to save the Giant Panda from extinction and bridging our country with the Chinese people to whom the Panda is a National Treasure. I first became involved with Pandas International with the birth of Tai Shan at the National Zoo. Tai opened my eyes to the magic that pandas can give to us and each new birth especially here in the US brings a new sense that these magical, mystical and mesmerizing children of nature must endure for future generations to experience the joy they bring.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Giant Panda is a worldwide symbol of why we need to protect all life on this planet. They bring such joy and peace just watching them eat, play and sleep. Suzanne Braden and her staff at Pandas International works tirelessly to help save and protect this charismatic and magical animal, especially after the earthquake which destroyed so much of the pandas habitat both at Woolong and in the wild. I believe in the work Pandas International does so much I am a Legacy Donor.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’m an enthusiastic member of Pandas International because I’ve seen the assistance they provide to the conservation of giant pandas. Working directly with facilities in China, Pandas International understands what resources are needed. They have procured funds to plant bamboo, shipped formula for newborn panda cubs, and even obtained medical supplies for panda care. Pandas International responded immediately to provide earthquake relief to people and bears affected by the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan China. I’ve donated to these efforts as well as to specifically purchase an ultrasound machine and to adopt a panda. I am pleased that all donations go directly to the care, feeding and health of endangered giant pandas.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

I became involved with Pandas International after Tai Shan was born. Suzanne and her staff are very dedicated to helping and preserving the Giant Pandas. PI was there after the earthquake at Wolong with help and supplies. Through fund raising and volunteering PI is helping with the conservation of the Giant Pandas. Suzanne is a wonderful person and great to work with!!

Donor

Rating: 5

This non-profit dos so much to help the Giant Panda. I think since there are so few Giant Pandas on displays at zoos in the US, people are not confronted with the urgency of saving them from becoming extinct. After the earthquake in China, they did so much to help the Wolong Reserve. Also, they provide great products to buy to donate. All good quality and a great "Pennies for Pandas" program to educate your children how to give back.

Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of Pandas International after the earthquake hit so hard. I was so impressed with what they did to save their pandas, I donated and then became more involved. I went to their dinner 2 years ago and was amazed to see how many other donors showed up. I've made donations in my Chinese preteen niece's name several times and she always asks that I do so. I'm so pleased to be able to help such a worthy cause.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

Pandas International is dedicated to preservation and well being of the Pandas. I saw their hard work after the earthquakes a few years ago.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 4

I first heard of Pandas International several years ago after I visited the pandas at the National Zoo and Googled pandas when I returned home. I read about how they provided advanced medical equipment, supplies, food and other support to the panda breeding program in China which is always short of resources. After the earthquake in Szechuan they replaced important equipment and helped the pandas survive. To me the pandas are beautiful, entertaining, animals who have managed to survive despite changing conditions that should have caused their extinction. But the fact that they have survived despite their difficulty in reproducing, their highly specific diet, their shrinking habitat is a miracle and an inspiration to those who would help save the diversity of species. Pandas International has a unique niche in the world of non-profits and that is why I support it.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been receiving the Pandas International newsletter for about 4 yrs. and am very impressed by their dedication to raising money to provide for the endangered Panda. I've "adopted" pandas through their organization and participated in a fundraiser to provide an Ultrasound machine and training for the Veterinarians in China.
I especially like that they provide medications and baby formula for the Panda nursery in WoLong. After the earthquake at the WoLong Breeding center they were one of the first agencies to respond with much needed supplies.

Review from Guidestar

7 michelleohair

Donor

Rating: 5

I participated in the May 12th, 2008 Earthquake Relief Fund by donating to help rebuild the habitat for the giant panda. I also posted information on my website to spread the word.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization helps educate anyone that has become a GPF (Global Panda Fan) of all the work being done to hopefully allow the Pandas to not become extinct in our lifetime... All one has to realize that every 20 minutes a species of plant or animal becomes extinct on our planet...We all must be concerned before we also join that list because without our intervention in slowing or halting this fact one wonders will manking join this list of extinct life on earth ?

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Donor

Rating: 5

I receive regular newsletters from Pandas International - they keep me updated on recent initiatives and news about their conservation efforts on behalf of the giant panda species. The people of this organization work very hard and are very passionate about their cause. In the aftermath of the 2008 earthquake that severely and irreparably damaged the giant panda breeding centre in Wolong, director Suzanne Braden promptly started collecting the supplies and equipment urgently needed to support rescue operations in Wolong and she personally delivered these to the centre, undertaking the risky and long journey by road to ensure continuity of the rescue and relocation efforts. No doubt, her presence at the breeding centre provided the staff with much needed emotional support as they ensured the safety of the giant pandas and assisted the centre's visitors who were there when the earthquake struck; they did this without regard for their own safety.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Pandas International for several years as I believe that we all need to do something to save these beautiful bears. By wearing Pandas International clothing & by adopting a panda, I am trying to get the word out to everyone.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

On May 12, 2008, a massive earthquake struck the Sichuan Province of China. Besides the concern for the thousands of people who were affected, panda lovers around the world were anxious for news of the many Giant Pandas living at a conservation center at the epicenter of the quake. The best way I knew how to help the pandas was by making a donation to Pandas International, an organization that has been vital in providing needed supplies to the conservation centers in China. As a result of email correspondence that evening, I knew Suzanne Braden, the director of Pandas International, was on the phone trying to contact people connected with the panda centers. The new cubs directly affected by the quake survived on milk formula provided by Pandas International just weeks before the quake struck. Suzanne Braden made a personal trip to the quake zone with relief supplies made possible by donations to Pandas International. This organization continues to support panda conservation efforts by supplying milk formula for cubs, medical supplies, and plantings of bamboo to help ensure the survival of an endearing endangered species. I am happy to support this nonprofit by my donations and by advertising their work, because I know the money is being used to help the Giant Pandas and the people who care for them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The dedication of Suzanne Braden and other staff at Pandas International has impressed me again and again. Their work on behalf of giant pandas is very personal to them and is done out of pure love for this beautiful species that has been driven to the brink of extinction by human encroachment on their habitat. After the terrible earthquake in Sichuan Province, Suzanne rushed to provide whatever help she could to the pandas and their caretakers. She continues to work closely with the Chinese staff to secure the supplies and equipment needed to breed and nurture captive pandas and establish a population large enough to ensure the survival of the species.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've enjoyed every encounter with Pandas International from buying T-shirts and other fund raising things to donating my drawing. I know what good work they do for Pandas. One example is the special milk formula they provide for the newborn Panda babies in China. Pandas International was first on the scene with medical supplies after the earthquake. This organization is GREAT!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I made 2 purses for the Pandas International Fund Raiser in February 2010. I talked with the people at the organization several times on the phone and by email. Each time they expressed their gratitude and how thrilled they were to have my donation items for the Silent Auction. I was glad to have the opportunity to make something that ended up raising needed funds to help the pandas in China. This was not the first time I donated. I consider Pandas International to be an honest and dedicated organization that actually makes a difference in helping the pandas in China. They have relationships with the Chinese Panda people and they work to provide all that they need to help the pandas there. To me, They are the

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Donor

Rating: 5

I think they are one of the best groups that help with preserving the wild pandas and helping to build up their numbers. They were one of the first on the scence after the 2008 earthquake with supplies and have done many other projects to help out on a daily basic. I know any donation I make to them is use wisely for the health of the pandas.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported Pandas International for a number of years. I've always been impressed with the work they do and the dedication all the volunteers and helpers show. It is great to know that all the money donated goes to the pandas.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about Pandas International and the good things they do for the pandas. When the earthquake devastated Sichuan, Suzanne Braden was there shortly afterwards with much needed supplies for the pandas and their keepers. They continue to provide vet supplies, infant formula, incubators, etc. I don't think that the recovery for the pandas and staff at the Wolong Panda Base from the earthquake devastation would have gone as well if Pandas International would not have stepped up the way they did.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a monthly donor to Pandas International. They are a wonderful non-profit with great integrity. They work diligently to support research, conservation, housing, medical care, and overall quality of life for the pandas of China, both in the wild and in the great Reserves and breeding centers. The founder, Suzanne Braden, is a hero for this critically endangered species. I am proud to support Pandas International.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Please help the Pandas! This organization is helping China ensure the survival of the species. They helped immensely after the earthquake in 08 and continue to keep us posted on the progress China is making.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Pandas International is a Colorado based organization that I am extremely proud to be a member and a donor with. This organization has helped with the survival of the Giant Panda and deserves to be recognized as one of the top non-profit groups in the world today. After the major earthquake a year ago that destroyed one of the Giant Panda reserves (Wolong) in China, Pandas International was one of the first organizations to provide shelter, food and badly needed supplies to the pandas and their keepers and handlers in order to maintain a healthy environment for all of them. I have been a donor and a member of Pandas International for over two years now and will always support them for the work and love that they continuously give to the cause of the conservation of such a beautiful species of animals. I came to know about Pandas International because of my love for the Giant Pandas and I have been able to go to an event live and meet with Suzanne Braden, one of the co-founders. Pandas International knows and recognizes the needs of the pandas and their handlers/keepers and sees to it that the babies get formula to grow big and strong and that the nurseries for these babies are well supplied with the equipment that is needed to provide the best care possible. I can't say enough about the work that has been done for the sake of the endangered Giant Pandas. God Bless them and the people who support what they do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 4

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