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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

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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.

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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.