About PI

The Giant Panda, one of the most delightful and captivating of animals, is also one of the most endangered. The best scientific estimates indicate that there are less than 2,200 Giant Pandas remaining in the world today.

suzanneIn 1999, after a trip to China and the Wolong Panda Center, the plight of the Giant Panda made such a dramatic impression on Suzanne Braden and Diane Rees that upon returning to the United States, they co-founded Pandas International, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit,  to help save this magnificent animal.  Unlike other organizations which serve many animals, Pandas International is exclusively devoted to the Giant Panda.

As the Director of Pandas International, Mrs. Braden (left with Qing Qing) coordinates both the annual and immediate needs of the Panda Centers managed by the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda. The personal relationships she has developed with Chinese officials, veterinarians and their staff members have allowed Pandas International to maximize its role in preserving this beloved species.

Following the 2008 earthquake which destroyed the Wolong Panda Center and damaged the bamboo forest in the Nature Reserve, the challenge to save the Giant Panda has been made more difficult.  Without intervention, this species could perish.

pandafacts

The mission of Pandas International, a nonprofit organization, is to ensure the preservation and propagation of the endangered Giant Panda.

Pandas International provides public awareness and education, support for research, habitat preservation and enhancement, and assistance to Giant Panda Centers.

goals

Pandas International’s goals are to ensure that not one captive or wild panda is lost; that the species propagates and thrives; and, that their habitat is preserved in a responsible and sustainable manner.

Sustainability

The propagation and preservation of the Giant Panda will not only help ensure biodiversity, but will have a beneficial impact on the economic viability of the area through ecotourism, bamboo planting and harvesting by local villagers, and employment at the various Panda Centers in the region.

Long term Goals of Pandas International

  • Assist with the rebuilding of the new Wolong Panda Center and Center for Disease Control in Dujianyan.
  • Fund advanced medical training to the Veterinary Staff at the Panda Centers.
  • Support research projects to study disease prevention and treatment of wild and captive Giant Pandas.
  • Support continued research into the reproductive cycles of the Giant Panda.
  • Fund a comprehensive research program to study the digestive problems common to young pandas.
  • Aid efforts to reintroduce pandas into the wild in order to diversify the gene pool.
staff

Board of Directors

Suzanne Braden, Director
Littleton, Colorado

Brad Brieman, Secretary
Parker, Colorado

Lisa Husar, Photographer
West Bend, Wisconsin

JJ Loughran, Treasurer
Denver, Colorado

Sondra McCoy, Board Member
Westminster, CO

Stephanie and Steve Moss, Event Committee
Cadiz, Spain

Karen Rose, Board Chair
Fort Collins, Colorado

Kim Fong Sheremeta, Event Committee
Denver, Colorado

 

 Advisory Board

Aleisha Caruso, Video Productions
Sydney, Australia

Dr. Katherine Feng, Veterinarian
Durango, Colorado

Dr. David Kersey, Ph.D. Reproductive Biologist
Alta Loma, California

Sherry Lummis, Chinese Relations
Liaoning, China

Annette Yuen, Consultant to CCRCGP
Hong Kong, China

Weiyi Zhang, China Relations Advisor
Beijing, China

Honorary Board Members

Dr. Li Desheng, Senior Veterinarian
Wolong Nature Reserve, Sichuan, Chin

Diane Rees, Co-Founder
Maroochydore, Australia and Boulder, Colorado

Dr. Tang Chungxiang, Senior Veterinarian
Wolong Nature Reserve, Sichuan, China

Key Staff

Andrea Muller
Littleton, Colorado

Tanja Melone
Denver, Colorado

effectiveness

Pandas International strives to achieve its mission statement on a continuous basis. Annually the Board Members review the accomplishments of the past year, assess the results of those accomplishments, and determine their level of effectiveness in accomplishing our mission.

The Board also sets defined, measurable goals and objectives for the next calendar year in conjunction with the approval of the annual budget. The annual evaluation shall also identify and address deficiencies, successes, and impacts in all aspects of the foundation’s program, including but not limited to finances, marketing, and the species’ and their caretakers’ needs.

Since part of our program is implemented at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan Province, China, one of the foundation’s goals is to do on- site inspections yearly. All Board members are volunteers who donate their time, expertise, and travel while serving Pandas International and when visiting panda reserve locations. Board members incur no expense to Pandas International on their annual site inspection visits.

privacy

Pandas International values its donors and members and is committed to preserving your privacy and safeguarding your information online or via postal mail. The following statement describes the general information-gathering and usage practices of our web site and our written appeals.

This Privacy Policy governs the URL http://www.pandasinternational.org and electronic communications sent out by Pandas International.  This site is owned and operated by Pandas International for visitors and members interested in Saving the Giant Pandas.

Pandas International collects and maintains personal information about you when you send us an e-mail, or complete any online form, order from the shopping cart, or make a donation via donate now button. Information may include your name, mailing address, email address or phone numbers.

Concerning the Personal Information proved to Pandas International, PI does not sell, rent or trade names or other personal data that we collect on our web site nor do we maintain any credit card information unless you have given permission for monthly donations. We are committed to and have designed means for providing safe, secure and private online and mail transactions.

When you make a donation to us through the web site, we use a secure web site server. Both web and mail records are carefully handled and properly disposed of at the end of the transaction.

Your contact information (name, address, and email address) is maintained in our database of supporters in order to keep you well-informed of our future work and related issues that may be of interest to you. If you initiate the contact to Pandas International, you will receive our monthly email newsletter and e-blasts.

If you do not wish to receive further materials from us, you can call (303) 933-2365 or email us at info@pandasinternaitonal.org  to be removed from the list.

Pandas International uses marketing with Google Adwords and analytics to display content specific advertisements to visitors that have previously visited our site when those visitors go to other websites that have the Google Display Network implemented. Pandas International also uses Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting.

You may opt out of Google’s use of cookies by visiting Google’s Ads Settings at any time. Alternatively, you can opt out of a third-party vendor’s use of cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page

You can opt-out of Google Analytics collecting this data through the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

Security

Pandas International uses generally accepted, industry-standard security systems, software, and encryption technologies–-Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)–for the secure transfer of personal and financial data and to protect against unauthorized access to our servers, equipment, and other components of our online presence. This includes using industry-standard security systems to protect credit card processing information. Our web servers are stored at physically secure facilities with limited access.

If you chose to set up an account for purchases on our web site you will be asked to create a password. Pandas International does not have access to this password, so we urge you to keep your information safe by not disclosing your password. Purchases can be made without setting up an account.

We work hard to ensure that your experience on our site is a positive one. If you have any questions about this privacy policy or your dealings with our site, or if you wish to update any of your personal information or if you wish to be removed from our list please contact us at Pandas International, PO Box 620335, Littleton, CO 80162, or email info@pandasinternational.org, or call (303) 933-2365.