Panda Mountain is a conservation and cultural initiative focused exclusively on the Wolong Panda Reserve, China’s leading home for Giant Pandas.
We integrate planning, conservation, education, sustainable development and humanitarian aid for Wolong, a site of international significance that was designated by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site.
Over the past eight years, Panda Mountain (and USCEF) has built trusted working relationships with the leadership of Wolong providing a range of advisory and planning services. Through our on-the-ground experience we have gained a deeply rooted understanding of Wolong as it struggles to recover from the catastrophic earthquake of May 12, 2008.
There is now an opportunity to transform this tragedy into an historic teaching opportunity to inspire people in Wolong to higher levels of stewardship and the people of the world to care for the planet. The Panda Mountain team - consisting of Chinese, US, and international experts - is uniquely qualified to play a transformative role in helping to:
I am very pleased to draw your attention to Panda Mountain, a project of significance. Through strategic partnerships with the National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian Institution, Panda Mountain is poised to become a story of restoration and revitalization that can inspire citizens around the world.Thomas E. Lovejoy, President
The Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment
Cultural destinations have proven to be a powerful and dynamic means to promote cultural preservation and economic self-sufficiency. Given my appreciation for USCEF’s innovative planning and community-based approach, I am personally committed to participate in the design and development of cultural destinations at the Wolong Nature Reserve.”W. Richard West, Jr., Founding Director
National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian
National Geographic believes in this historic and time-critical effort to conserve, restore and expand the world’s largest contiguous block of Giant Panda habitat while also working to sustain the region’s rich indigenous culture.........the possibility of habitat destruction from poorly planned and managed mass tourism development poses a threat to the survival of the Giant Panda in the wild and to the pristine beauty and cultural integrity of the nature reserve.Terry Garcia, Executive Vice President
Mission Programs, National Geographic Society