With less than 2,000 left in the world today, our mission is to ensure the preservation & propagation of Giant Pandas. Providing public awareness & education, support for research, habitat preservation, plus enhancement & assistance to Giant Panda Centers.
The beloved and endangered Giant Panda of southwestern China faces a number of challenges. There are only about an estimated 1,864 living in the wild, and another 550 in captivity for a total of less than 2,300 on the planet. Pandas International focuses on captive breeding, research and reintroduction programs. Pandas International provides critical veterinary equipment, medicine and supplies, as well as incubators and formula for the newborns and cubs to the panda centers at Wolong, Bifengxia and Dujiangyan.
The earthquake of 2008, damaged the Wolong Panda Center and thousands of acres of bamboo, the pandas' main food source. One captive panda was crushed by debris and an unknown number of wild pandas may have also died. In May of 2009, one wild Giant Panda was found dead from starvation. Farmers report that more and more wild Giant Pandas are emerging from the forest in search of food. The death of one member of an endangered species is unfortunate. Death because they don`t have a reliable food source is unacceptable.
Farmers have begun replanting bamboo but many more acres still need to be planted. Bamboo is the major food source for the Giant Panda and they will starve without it. Pandas International is currently replanting bamboo and will monitor the growth over the next five to ten years.
With YOUR support, Pandas International also funds advanced education and training for staff; education programs for children, the reintroduction program, medical supplies for both the captive and wild pandas, and much more!