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Web Camera Coming Soon for Tai Shan
Notes from the Director

Several of you have asked recently about the progress of the Web Cam for Tai Shan. I need to apologize for the delay to everyone eager to see Tai Shan; especially to Mara Strock who provided the very generous funds for the Web Cam and the internet cable.

So many things can and did go wrong with the project. Weather in the region caused multiple problems from delays in getting the cable laid to damage to some of the equipment. Poor link ups and slow bandwidth caused more problems.

Please know all of us at Pandas International as well as Ms. Strock, are disappointed it has taken so long. It is especially frustrating to our dedicated Board Vice-Chair Sherry Lummis in China overseeing the project.

But Sherry tells me things are moving and we are almost there. So please just try to be patient with us a little longer and hopefully we will all get to see Tai soon.

Pandas International Office Staff

As some of you know Tobi Gamble left Pandas International for new challenges. We were very sorry to see her go and greatly appreciative of her time here.

I am pleased to introduce Andrea Muller as our new Office/Education Manger so please join me in welcoming Andrea.

Thank you

A big thank you to Chet Chin for helping us to update our website on foreign born pandas that have returned to China.

Tours to China

I have confirmed two tours to China in September so watch for details coming soon.

Suzanne Braden

Director

Panda Adoption

Adopt a Panda! Visit our Adoption Center to see pictures of just some of the adorable cubs and adults available for adoption. With your adoption you'll receive a personalized Adoption Certificate, a selection of free gift, a plaque with your name and panda's name to hang in the Honor Corridor at the Bifengxia Panda Reserve, and, maybe best of all, updates and cute pictures of your adopted panda so you can stay current on what he or she is up to (and if it's a cub, you can watch your baby grow up!). Plus, you'll be providing much needed funds for the pandas' care.

Visit the Adoption Center today or e-mail cphillips@pandasinternational.org for more details.

Pandas International to Host Its 11th Annual Chinese New Year's Dinner

Pandas International will host it 11th annual Chinese New year's Dinner on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at The Palace Chinese Restaurant in Denver, Colorado. To make your reservations please log on to our website or e-mail info@pandasinternational.org. The dinner will start with a silent auction and wine garden, followed by an amazing Chinese feast and end with a Lion dance. Reserve your spot today!

We are now accepting donations for the silent auction and wine garden. Please help us make this a memorable event and donate today! E-mail us at info@pandsinternational.org or call 303-933-2365. Thank you for all of your support.

Pandas around the world
China Says Giant Pandas Will Remain in D.C. 5 More Years
January 19, 2011

In this July 7, 2010 photo, Tian Tian,
one of the National Zoo's pandas,
appears to wipe his face while eating
a fruit popsicle at the zoo in Washington.
Chinese officials say they have reached
an agreement with the National Zoo
to keep a pair of giant pandas
in Washington five more years.
Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, Washington DC's lovable Panda pair, will be allowed to stay for 5 more years. The exciting news was released as President Barack Obama met with China's present Hu Jintao on Wednesday. Mei Xiang and Tian Tian will stay in the Smithsonian Zoo until December of 2015 for cooperative research. This was an extension to the 10 year $10 million contract which had expired in December last year.

"This is a great opportunity for the American people to know more about Chinese culture and this is also an opportunity to advance our friendship and to deepen understanding," Zang said through an interpreter.

Rabbits? 2011 May Be Year of Panda for Japan-China Ties
January 5, 2011

Two five-year old Giant Pandas are expected to arrive in Tokyo from China in late January, and the capital's Ueno Zoo is preparing for the charmers' arrival by collecting suggestions for Japanese names for the five-year-olds, whose Chinese names are Bi Li and Xian Nu.

Giant Pandas have served as ambassadors of goodwill in China both near and far. In December, Beijing sent two pandas to the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) to celebrate its tenth anniversary of unification with the mainland. In 2008, "Tuan Tuan" and "Yuan Yuan" were sent to Taiwan in a symbolic gesture of improved relations, their name together meaning "reunion" in Chinese. Giant pandas first came to Japan in 1972, the newcomers will add to the nine other giant pandas currently in Japan, all leased from China.

Macau's Panda Pavilion Opens With "happy" Welcome
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Macau held an opening ceremony for Kai Kai and Xin Xin on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 after the two Giant Pandas went through a month long quarantine. Kai Kai was a bit shy for the cameras however; Xin Xin seemed very comfortable in the spotlight. The pair of Giant Pandas will be housed in the new 11.25 million dollar panda pavilion. Experts from the Chengdu Panda Base visited the pavilion last year stating that it is one of the "top three panda pavilions in the world".

"The panda pair is a precious gift that the central government gives to Macao," said Chan Lai Man, Secretary for Justice and Administration, "we believe that Kai Kai and Xin Xin, as they settle down as members of Macao Family, will bring us happiness with their unique charm."

Scotland Set to Welcome Two Giant Pandas
January 10, 2011

Edinburgh Zoo and China signed a deal to bring two Giant Pandas to the UK for 10 years. The deal was announced in London after several years of discussion between the Chinese Government and the UK. Tian Tian and Yang Guang could arrive as early as this summer and the Edinburgh Zoo has plans to initiate a breeding program. With the arrival of the two Giant Pandas, the visitor numbers to the zoo could soar allowing more than 200 workers the possibility of keeping their jobs. Edinburgh zoo had seen a drastic drop in visitors the past few years but is excited about the arrival of the Giant Pandas and could possibly see up to a million visitors in a year which would surpass the Edinburgh castle as the most visited attraction.

Madrid Cubs Named Po and De De
December 30, 2010
The Madrid Zoo announced the names of their second Giant Panda cub on December 30, 2010. Cub B has been named De De. The name of cub A, Po, was released early in December. The Spanish musical group Cantamos Contigo announced the name of the cub. Cantamos Contigo has written a song for the cubs and performed this song at the naming ceremony at Zoo Madrid's Dolphinarium.

Random panda news
January 1, 2011

A rare miniature cow named Ben was born on December 31, 2010 at 8 am. Ben was born on a farm just East of Campion in Colorado. Ben is known as a panda cow due to the unique coloration on his fur which closely resembles that of a Panda. There are currently only 24 panda cows worldwide with 7 of them living on Ben's current farm.

Panda Conservation Efforts
An Adorable Approach to Giant Panda Conservation
January 4, 2011

Currently there are less than 2500 Giant Pandas left in the world. With this being said the World Wildlife Federation believes the Giant Panda could go extinct in two to three generations. China's Woolong Panda reserve has successfully reached their goal of breeding 300 captive Giant Pandas and are now working on the reintroduction program. In order to make this program as successful as possible, conservationists are actually dressing up in Panda costumes in hopes that new baby pandas born will not attach themselves to humans in the least bit. The conservationists hope this new generation of baby pandas will someday be able to be released back into the wild successfully.

*Pandas International donated Scent-Lok® clothing which the conservationists wear under the panda costumes so they do not have any sort of scent.

Best Panda Habitats Outside Current Nature Reserves, Study Finds
January 7, 2011

After much extensive research, it has been found that the best habitat for the Giant Pandas to live in actually lies outside of the nature reserves where they currently live. This new information will actually help the Chinese government and other organizations trying to help the Giant Panda. Researchers explored six mountain regions where the Giant Pandas live over a six month period in order to obtain this information.

"The Chinese government plans to add approximately 69,500 square miles [180,000 square km] of land to the country's nature reserve system between 2010 and 2020," said research team member Zhiyun Ouyang, director of the Lab of Urban and Regional Ecology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. "So opportunities exist to create new reserves, to expand existing reserves and to create corridors that increase the connectivity among the reserves. On the basis of our results, we suggest some new areas to be included in China's nature reserve system."

Old-Growth Forests Are What Giant Pandas Need
January 11, 2011

After conducting a four year study, it has been shown that the Giant Pandas are not only in need of bamboo in order to secure their survival, but they are also in need of old-growth forests. "In this study we show that pandas are associated with old-growth forests more than with any ecological variable other than bamboo," said, Ron Swaisgood, Ph.D one of the authors of the work and a panda researcher with the San Diego Zoo. This information allows conservationists to not only push the need to conserve bamboo but to also make sure we are conserving the old-growth forests.

Chinese researchers believe that Giant Pandas prefer old-growth forests because bamboo that grows beneath old trees may be more nutritious and old-growth trees may provide hollows that female pandas can use for maternity dens.

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Kids Zone

Florence Parsons Pre-Kindergarten School deserves a huge Thank You from Pandas International. They have been extremely active in our Pennies 4 Pandas project and have raised over $2,000 in the last year. They were able to raise enough money to adopt a Giant Panda in China which they have nicknamed "Parson". Florence Parsons Pre-K School is a true inspiration and we are thankful for all of the support they have given to the Giant Pandas!

Ms. J Smith's 3rd grade class from Immanuel Lutheran School did a wonderful job raising money through the Pennies 4 Pandas project. Through the inspiration of one of her students, the class raised over $80.00 and donated it all to Pandas International. The students were also able to enjoy Panda cookies brought in by the student who started the Pennies 4 Pandas project. Thank you very much for your support!

Abbey from Sandy, Utah is another amazing Panda Protector. She recently had a Panda Birthday and instead of having her friends bring gifts, she asked all of them to help donate money to the Giant Pandas! She was able to $170 for the Giant Pandas which will help to feed and care for the Giant Pandas in China. You are a great Panda Protector and the Giant Pandas are so grateful to have such caring kids like Abbey!

A little girl named Zoey Sorenson has created a fundraising page through First Giving for Pandas International. She is hoping to raise money for the Giant Pandas through her own web page.


Thanks for all of the support Zoey.

Panda Videos
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Panda Pictures

Pandas play in snow at Qinling Giant Panda Research Center in Foping Natural Reserve of Foping County, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Jan. 2, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhao Jianqiang)

The National Zoo's giant pandas got a chance to enjoy the snow Wednesday January 12, 2011.
Credit: Mehgan Murphy, Smithsonian's National Zoo

In Pictures: The History of Giant Pandas in the UK


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