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Kempton Adopts Hua Mei

My 3 year old son, Kempton Benjamin, created a t shirt design that he sold on Etsy and promoted on an Instagram account which can be found @kbsavesthepandas. Through his sales, he raised almost $500 for panda conservation efforts. He was even featured on a local news television segment. The Facebook video can be found here. He’s loved pandas since he was 6 months old and has continued to learn about the need for conservation through many panda fact books and shows that promote conservation. His dream is to travel to China to visit the pandas! With the donations, Kempton was able to symbolically adopt Hua Mei. Thank you Kempton for your amazing efforts to help Pandas International save the Giant Pandas.

Giant Panda Birthday Party Weekend

A group of 60 Giant Panda supporters held their annual Giant Panda Birthday party this year on August 20th, 2016 at Lillie’s Restaurant in Washington, D. C. As a result of their efforts, they raised over $5,000 by holding a live auction, a silent auction, raffle and sale of Bao Bao and Bei Bei medallions (which are on sale in the Pandas International On-Line Store as well). The money will be used to support the CCRCGP efforts to increase Giant Panda enrichment. And this year, the group was honored to have a very special attendee - distinguished guest Dr. Li DeShang who is the Deputy Director and Head Veterinarian at the CCRCGP.  Once again this year, the group created and signed a Special Giant Panda Birthday Banner that includes photos of all the Birthday Pandas.  Those who attended the party signed the banner with special birthday wishes for our beloved bears.  Suzanne Braden will take the banner to China in October and present it to the keepers at the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Base where Pan Pan and Tai Shan live. Pandas International would like to thank each of the 60 people who participated in this year’s Giant Panda Birthday and for raising over $5,000.00

Awards and the Opening of a Panda Culture Museum

Panda Culture Conference One main purpose of this trip was for Suzanne to attend the Panda Culture Conference and the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Museum of Art for Ecology & Calligraphy for the Panda. Suzanne along with many prominent Chinese artists, authors, and calligraphers spoke at the conference regarding their interest in and love for the panda and how various disciplines could work together for Conservation efforts to help save the pandas. The conference was hosted by the State Forestry Department of China, China Wildlife Association (CWCA), China Green Foundation Artist Ecological Society and China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP). Suzanne was recognized for her work with the pandas and received an Honor Certificate saying: “Suzanne Braden- We appreciate to Pandas International presented by you for your long-term caring and supporting of the giant panda conservation career.  Expressly award Mrs. Suzanne Braden the “Giant Pandas International Caring People Outstanding Contribution Award”, presented by CWCA and CCRCGP Museum of Art for Ecology & Calligraphy for the Panda Many local officials, Forestry Service officers and national media attended the opening ribbon cutting ceremony for the Museum of Art for Ecology & Calligraphy for the Panda. The Museum is dedicated to art and calligraphy focused on pandas.

Taylor Celebrates Her 9th Birthday Panda Style!

Taylor had a Panda themed party for her 9th birthday. She asked her friends to donate to save the pandas in place of gifts. We ordered the party pack from Pandas International and she was able to raise $318. She wanted to add her own money to that so we are donating $425. The party was a great success. Her big brother dressed up as a panda and we had panda-themed everything: panda pinata, panda cake, etc. Taylor hopes that her donation will make a difference for the pandas. Thank you Taylor!  Your donation is definitely already making a difference in helping to purchase formula for the cubs in China.

Charlee Combines Two Loves – Star Wars and Pandas

In lieu of birthday presents at her Star Wars Science party, Charlee asked her friends to bring donations for Pennies for Pandas.  At first, she wanted to help the Ewoks, but decided to help real creatures instead.  Her friends and family members came with pennies, money, more pennies, and more money.  She even had friends from CA and HI make donations to her service project.  In the end, Charlee’s penny drive raised over $200 for Pandas International. Charlee has a big heart and wants to make this world a better place.   She has learned that every little bit counts, even for these pandas. Charlee, we think you are a special little girl.  Thanks for your help!

The 16th Annual Pandas International Chinese New Year Dinner

The 16th Annual Chinese New Year Dinner, held one week ago, was a great success.  With over 130 people in attendance, it was a celebration to be sure.  The silent auction proved to be as popular as ever with more than 100 items donated from over 40 different businesses and individuals.  A few bidding wars closed out the auction, but it was all smiles as the winners claimed their items at the end of the evening. The room looked fabulous.  Traditional red envelopes graced each place setting along with a menu of the evening's fabulous food, information about Pandas International, and activities for the younger crowd.  The staff at Min J outdid themselves as usual providing not only an incredibly delicious dinner, but professional courteous service all evening long.  We'd like to thank our table sponsors for their generous support - 360dwellings Real Estate, Campaign Products of the Rockies, Becker Stowe Partners LLC, Richard and Peg Brown, Friendship Force, Maggie & Mitch Morrissey, Pinnacle Plus Financial, and Pulaski Bank. Suzanne gave a fabulous overview of the important work we do at Pandas International with highlights of CCRCGP and even managed to sneak the infamous sneezing panda video into her talk. The highlight of the evening, was the incredible Lion Dance performance by Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu.  The little ones and the adults were entranced by the acrobatics, the colors, and the drums.  We apologize if anyone is still finding shredded lettuce in their hair! We'd like to give a HUGE thank you to our dinner sponsors.  Our gold sponsors, Gift Republic and Tsingtao, and our bronze sponsors, Fairfields and Woods P.C., Panda Energy, and Spirit Hoods.  We are so appreciative of all that you do. Finally, we'll leave you with a few photos of our guests showing their support of PI (and a little silliness as well).

Anti-Parasitic Drugs for Pandas?

Provided by: Aberystwyth University AU8216 IBERS scientists embark on giant panda research Scientists at Aberystwyth University's IBERS are well known for their research into agricultural animals and plants, but now a team of young researchers at the Institute are embarking on a new project to evaluate how a parasite which can affect giant pandas responds to anti-parasitic drugs. Dr Russ Morphew and PhD student Cat Pye are working with Iain Valentine of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), the conservation charity that owns and manages RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, with links to Chinese research centres, on a three year project to identify how the parasite responds to anti–parasitic drugs and, more specifically, whether drug resistance is the cause of repeat infections in captive giant panda populations. Dr Morphew said: "We hope that our findings will not only help to inform conservation strategies in captivity and across China's giant panda reserves, but also that they could lead to improved control strategies to deal with infection in the future." The project has been awarded CASE studentship funding by the BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council). This is a collaborative training grant that will provide Cat with a first-rate, challenging research training experience, allowing her (as a top quality bioscience graduate) to undertake research, leading to a PhD, that is of benefit to her and the partner organisations involved. Giant pandas, the international symbol of conservation, are one of the most loved species in the world. In a similar way to domestic dogs and cats, giant pandas can be affected by a panda-specific parasitic roundworm called Baylisascaris schroederi. If left unchecked in the wild the roundworm can be fatal, as infection from the parasite can cause damage to the intestines and ultimately reach the brain and eyes. Iain Valentine, Director of Giant Pandas for RZSS, said: "Like most animals - from dogs and cats to farm and zoo animals – giant pandas can catch roundworms specific to their species and, as part of good zoological husbandry practices, all animals including giant pandas are regularly wormed. However, evidence suggests that over time worms [...]

Alexa is a Panda Protector Extraordinaire

Alexa just celebrated her tenth birthday! She lives in Sagamore Beach, MA and has a passion for acting and animals.  When asked what she wanted to do for her birthday celebration this year, she requested a red carpet event and asked that in lieu of gifts, VIP guests could bring a donation for Pandas International. Pandas are her favorite animal and she wanted her party to be an opportunity to make a difference in enhancing and saving the lives of the Giant Pandas. She is proud to have raised $275.00! Thank you, Alexa!  We appreciate you!

Two Wonderful Panda Protectors

There are two second-graders in California who love pandas.  They learned about pandas in school and created a slide show to share their knowledge of Pandas with guests at their school’s Open House. They also made a beautiful Panda mural to show Pandas in their natural habitat.  The children set up a ‘Pennies for Pandas’ table and raised $75.00 for Pandas International. Thank you to these wonderful Panda Protectors!