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Pandas in China
Tao Tao
Holiday treats for the Pandas at Bifengxia
Accessory Power Gives Pandas in Bifengxia with Treats for the Holidays
Pandas International’s supporter Accessory Power made a generous donation so that all the pandas at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) in Bifengxia could have a special treat this holiday season. Each panda received a cake of bamboo bread decorated with carrots, bamboo and an apple. The pandas all enjoyed this generous gift.

See a full gallery of images from "Treat Time"
on our Facbook page
>>
Shangri-La Hotel & Resorts Help Plant Bamboo for Pandas
New Wolong Giant Panda Center in Gengda
Representatives from Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
planting bamboo in Wolong.

Representatives of the Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and officials from the Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan province planted bamboo trees in a new plantation recently to mark a new agreement that will help feed pandas in the newly opened Wolong Panda Center. Bamboo trees planted on Saturday are the first trees in a 1.6-hectare bamboo plantation that Shangri-La is sponsoring in the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Rescue and Disease Control Center as part of its Care for Panda project.

Pandas Around the World
Xiao Liwu - "Little Gift"
Xiao Liwu smiles for the camera
San Diego's "Little Gift" Makes his Public Debut
Giant Panda cub Xiao Liwu made his public debut on Thursday, January 10 after the section of the exhibit frequented by the five-month old bear was opened to the public at the San Diego Zoo. The cub is the newest surviving panda born in captivity in the United States and was able to make his debut when staff members determined he was strong enough to climb and follow his mother around the enclosure.  There are more great photos of this adorable cub in the article on the blog.
Yu Hin
Po - Standing on his own.
Po, Zoo Atlanta's Giant Panda Cub, Takes Steps to Independence
Po the giant panda cub is officially on his way to life as an independent bear. The weaning process for Po is underway.  At 26 months old, Po is older than the average weaning age of 18 months typically observed in the wild.  The Animal Management Team has determined, therefore, that it is time for him to begin making the break from mom.  The team will use a stepwise process, developed by partners at San Diego Zoo Global, that was used successfully with the weaning of Po’s older brothers, Xi Lan and Mei Lan. The roughly two-week process, which will conclude on Friday, January 18, focuses on gradually increasing the amount of time mother and cub spend apart.
Xiao Liwu - "Little Gift"
Yang Yang & Long Hui remain "at home" in Vienna
Zoo Vienna and CCRCGP Renew Panda Contract
Negotiations between Austria and China over pandas are finished and the panda pair will stay in Vienna for 10 more years. Yang Yang & Long Hui came to Zoo Vienna in March 2003 from the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda in Wolong. The 10 year loan contract was scheduled to end in March 2013, but the zoo asked to renew their contract.
Partners and Programs
Panda Hats
We are so excited to be selling two fantastic hats from our partner Panda Hats (www.pandahats.com) in our online store!  Panda Hats is a wholesale and retail company based in New York City that manufactures and sells fun uniquely designed animal-shaped hats to keep you warm and stylish during the cold winter months. Their products are made from top-of-the-line materials and are always designed with the customer in mind. Panda Hats will donate $1 for every Panda hat sold.

Check out the two hats we are carrying:

Panda Fleece
Panda Hat Long
Tangled Pandas
Panda Hat Knit
Panda Photos and Videos
Tumbling in a Winter Wonderland
Yu Hin
Quing Feng making the most of the snow fall
at Yantai Zoo in the Shandong Province in China.

You can see more photos of her winter adventure on our blog >>

Su Shan at Play

Here is a cute video of Su Shan (the little cub named after our own Suzanne Braden) playing. Thanks to Pat for sharing the footage!

Watch the video >>

Pandas International Welcomes Two New Staff Members to the Littleton Office
Xiao Liwu - "Little Gift"
Andy Panda
Yu Hin
Sophie
Suzanne Braden, our director, has recently adopted two English Sheep Dogs. Andy Panda (it was meant to be!) is 18 months and Sophie is 13 months. Andy was surrendered due to some family issues but is very sweet. Sophie's original family did not have time for her so they gave her up. Both dogs were in foster homes in Texas until Suzanne adopted them two weeks ago. We are so thankful to have these two wonderful pups to keep us company in the office and thankful they have found such a loving home to live in for the rest of their lives.

See more photos of our cute new office mates >>
Other News
Why Save the Giant Pandas?
Pandas International staff member, Tom McCoy expands upon the long debate over panda conservation in an article on the blog concluding with Chief Seattle's inspiring quote: "What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, Men would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected."

Read Tom's article >>
Giant Pandas May Hold the Key to Killing Superbugs
According to The Telegraph, scientists have discovered that Giant Pandas produce a powerful antibiotic in their blood stream that kills bacteria and fungi. The substance, known as cathelicidin-AM, is released by the bear's immune system to protect them from infections when they are living in the wild. Scientists believe that the antibiotic could be used to create potent new treatments against drug-resistant superbugs and other diseases. Dr. Xiuwen Yan, who led the research at the Life Sciences College of Nanjing Agricultural University in China, said, "It showed potential antimicrobial activities against wide spectrum of microorganisms including bacteria and fungi, both standard and drug-resistant strains."
SAVE THE DATE for
Our Annual Chinese New Year's Dinner
There is still time to make your reservations for PI's Annual Chinese New Year's Dinner on Saturday, February 23, 2013.  We are currently accepting Silent Auction donations.

Please contact us if you would like to participate or donate.
Stay Warm!
Don't forget, in addition to the panda hats highlighted above, we have a great selection of fleece jackets to keep you cozy this winter in our Online Store. We are planning on ordering a new batch of the Panda Cub Fleece Jackets very soon. If you would like one but don’t see your size available please let us know.

Panda Fleece
Panda Cub Fleece
Panda Fleece
PI Logo Fleece
Panda Love

The Pandas want to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day
with an assortment of Panda Bears and candy to choose from.

All bears come with a cute tin filled with heart shaped chocolate
and a twisty cherry lollipop.

Buddha Belly Panda Bear
Lucky in Love
Fortune Cookie Bear
Valentines Duo
Valentines Trio
Let us know if you want us to include a card for your special Valentine. Hugs and Kisses Bear
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