Below is a compilation of resources for the conservation efforts of moon bears, giant pandas, and red pandas. Each site has a way for anyone to get involved.
Due to poaching, difficulty breeding, and habitat loss giant pandas are endangered. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) estimates that there are approximately 1,600 wild pandas left in the entire world. They are considered by many to be the symbol of conservation efforts of all animals. The WWF even uses the Giant Panda as their logo. Thanks in part to this iconic status, giant pandas have a wealth of conservation resources.
- The World Wildlife Foundation Since 1961 WWF has held the giant panda as their logo for their sustained conservation efforts. WWF is currently: patrolling for poachers, linking isolated wild pandas, and increasing areas under legal protection for giant panda habitat.
- The Giant Panda Conservation Fund Sponsored by the Smithsonian National Zoo, this fund was created to help research and breeding efforts for pandas in captivity. By better understanding pandas in captivity, the researchers can suggest more effective conservation efforts in the wild.
- Chengdu Panda Base This 165 Acre park cares for the largest artificially bred panda population in the world. With an abundance of researchers and giant panda experts, the Panda Base seeks to bring conservation education to the world population. Raising awareness is their main defense against the extinction of pandas.
- Pandas International This non-profit organization uses education, fundraising, and international relationships as tools to grow the Giant Panda population and sustain the current population.
Asian Black Bears (also known as Moon Bears) a species of bear who is quickly losing their habitat due to deforestation. They are also frequently victims of the Bear Bile Trade in Asia. In many Asian countries, bile is thought to have medicinal and healing properties. This makes the harvesting of Bile a very lucrative business, but it is also very cruel. Bears often live their lives in small cages subjected to horrible living conditions while their bile is continuously “milked” from them using catheters.