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On a vacation trip to China in 2000, which included a long and bumpy drive to see a popular tourist attraction, the pandas at the Captive Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Wolong, Suzanne Braden was so enthralled by this magnificent species and so concerned for its survival that upon her return to the United States, she immediately began the process of creating a foundation to assist these beloved creatures and those who care for them in the remote regions of southwest China.

Pandas International is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit whose exclusive focus is the preservation and propagation of the endangered Giant Panda. By providing public awareness and education, research funding, supporting habitat preservation and enhancement, and assisting the China Conservation & Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP), Pandas International strives to accomplish its goals.

Current scientific estimates place the wild Giant Panda population at approximately 1,600 putting its long term survival in peril and earning it the unhappy designation of “endangered.”

Pandas International supports the China Conservation & Research Center for the Giant Panda at both the Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan Province and the Bifengxia Panda Center, near Ya’an City. In 2003, the Bifengxia Center was opened and Wolong’s captive panda population was subsequently divided between the two centers. This was done as a preventative action in case of an outbreak of disease or an epidemic occurring at one of the bases.  Over the years, Pandas International has provided critical medical equipment and supplies, including incubators and formula, as well as monetary support to both panda bases.

The horrific China earthquake of May, 2008 severely damaged the world’s preeminent Captive Giant Panda and Research Center in Wolong.  Of the 63 pandas at Wolong that fateful day, Mao Mao was lost forever, Xiao Xiao is still missing, and Zhu Hai died from illness following the earthquake.  The majority of pandas and staff regrouped at the Bifengxia Center. The rest were moved to the safety of other centers and zoos.  In addition, landslides of rock and mud buried huge areas of bamboo – the panda’s main food source.  Since the earthquake, Pandas International has continued to supply formula for the cubs, replaced damaged incubators and research equipment, and met all the usual yearly veterinary needs.

Geological studies have confirmed the danger of rebuilding at the Wolong Panda Center and consequently a safer location has been selected 23 km away in Gengda Town. The site is still within the Wolong Nature Reserve but will be divided into two sections. The area in Shengshuping will be for captive breeding. In Huangcaoping, the concentration will be on reintroduction training. 

Of immediate concern is the lack of a reliable and plentiful food source. One wild panda has been found dead from starvation and reports from farmers are documenting an increasing number of pandas emerging from the forest in search of food.  Replanting bamboo must be a priority. To that end, Pandas International, acting at the request of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, has initiated a fundraising outreach.

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The death of one panda is horrible. The death of a panda because of a lack of food is unacceptable.   

Endangered means there’s time. Extinction is forever.
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Pandas International
PO Box 620335
Littleton, Colorado 80162
United States

Contact: Tobi Gamble
Tel: 303-933-2365
Fax: 303-933-7678
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