Picture of pandas in a tree

Pandas lounge in a tree at the Bifengxia Panda Center.

Photograph by Yang Dan

Help Save Pandas in the Wild

You can make a difference!

Text PANDA to 50555* to donate $10 to panda habitat conservation.  National Geographic is donating all proceeds to World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) panda conservation efforts to help protect these iconic animals– as seen in the film Pandas: The Journey Home.

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Despite their exalted status and relative lack of natural predators, pandas are endangered. Severe threats from humans have left fewer than 1,600 pandas in the wild.

WWF was the first international conservation organization to work in China at the Chinese government's invitation. WWF’s main role in China is to assist and influence policy-level conservation decisions through information collection, demonstration of conservation approaches, communications, and capacity building.

Your texting donation will support WWF’s efforts to:

  • increase the area of panda habitat under legal protection
  • create green corridors to link isolated pandas
  • patrol against poaching, illegal logging, and encroachment
  • build local capacities for nature reserve management
  • continue research and monitoring

Why does the WWF have a panda in its logo?

The inspiration for the WWF logo came from Chi-Chi, a giant panda that had arrived at the London Zoo in 1961, the same year WWF was created. WWF’s founders were aware of the need for a strong, recognizable symbol that would overcome all language barriers. They agreed that the big, furry animal with her appealing black-patched eyes would make an excellent logo.

The first panda sketches were done by British environmentalist and artist Gerald Watterson. Based on these, Sir Peter Scott, one of WWF’s founders and world-renowned conservations and painter, drew the first logo. The design of the logo has evolved over the past four decades, but the giant panda’s distinctive features remain an integral part of WWF’s treasured and unmistakable symbol. Today, WWF’s trademark is recognized as a universal symbol for the conservation movement.

World Wildlife Fund ®WWF Registered Trademark. Panda Symbol ©1986 WWF. worldwildlife.org


More About Pandas: The Journey Home

  • Picture of pandas in a tree

    Photo Gallery

    Check out this photo gallery of pandas from the Wolong Panda Conservation Center taken during filming; the pandas look ready for their close-ups!

  • Picture of a baby panda taking a breath

    Watch the Trailer

    Watch the Pandas: The Journey Home trailer!

  • Picture of a baby panda with mother

    More About Pandas

    Did you know it takes 28 pounds (12.5 kilograms) of bamboo to satisfy a giant panda's daily dietary needs? Learn more about pandas from National Geographic.

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