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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

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53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.