Wishing you a Beary Happy 2012
To begin 2012 we would like to welcome Reece Muller as a future panda lover - Born December 15, 2011 to proud parents Andrea and Luke Muller. Andrea will be out of the office for about four weeks so please join me in welcoming Reece and congratulating Andrea and Luke. However, the office will not run as smoothly in Andrea’s absence.
Looking back at 2011, Pandas International provided formula, vaccines, medical equipment, supplies, medicines, nursery supplies to the Wolong and Bifengxia Panda Bases and hosted a staff appreciation dinner to let the staff know how much we appreciate their work.
Pandas International continued to work to inform and educate the public regarding the preservation and propagation of the Giant Panda. Education Kits are shipped across the United States and around the world. We continued to answer emails and letters and helped many students with reports on Pandas. In 2011 we contacted more educators and reached out to Vacation Bible Schools with the Pennies 4 Pandas program and hope to continue to grow the program in 2012.
We feel children are the best ambassadors for the Pandas and frequently get the entire family involved. The more students take an interest in endangered species preservation, specifically Pandas, the more likely they will care about them as adults and donate to help them continue to thrive and survive.A big thank you to everyone who adopted a Panda in 2011 and we hope you will continue your adoption in 2012. The money from Panda adoptions provides direct funds for the ongoing care of Pandas at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, Sichuan Province, China. Adoptions through Pandas International are worldwide including the USA, Australia, Canada, China, Malaysia, Norway, Thailand, and the UK.
I was fortunate in 2011 to visit not only the Bifengxia Panda Center in Ya’an, but also both the old Wolong Center and the construction site of the new Wolong Center, plus the site of the new Center for Disease Control. There is a great deal of activity going on in the rebuilding efforts and we are excited about the Grand Opening of the new Wolong Center.
The old Wolong site still gives me chills to see it. 2 photos of old Wolong
Since the earthquake of 2008 destroyed large portions of the Panda habitat in Sichuan Province, the subsequent years have brought additional natural disaster to the region, with heavy rain resulting in mudslides, and heavy snow fall damaging the tender bamboo. At the request of the CCRCGP, Pandas International has established a bamboo reforesting project to purchase and plant the much needed bamboo. This effort will continue through the next several years.
2011 was another year that YOU, our supporters made it possible for Pandas International to assist the China Conservation & Research Center for the Giant Panda and their efforts to save this magnificent species. I would like to thank everyone who donated or contacted us during the past year.
The Panda Center staff, Pandas International staff and I are proud and thankful for the achievements made in 2011 but now look to the future and 2012. We need to build on these accomplishments and continue to improve and protect the lives of the Pandas at the Center and in the wild.
In the spring of 2012, replanting of bamboo for both wild and captive Pandas in a sustainable project with local farmers will begin so we appreciate your continued support.
Director, Pandas International