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Paddle for Pandas - Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival


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Campaign Ends Aug. 31, 2018
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Pandamonium is sweeping Calgary! Show your panda passion by raising funds to support the care of four very special pandas - Da Mao, Er Shun and her two cubs Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue - and for the conservation of giant pandas in the wild. Make a real change for giant pandas with every paddle stroke.

The race is on! Who will be the greatest panda paddlers? Build your team fundraising campaign and inspire your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours and even complete strangers to pledge their support to help you and your team become the greatest panda paddlers by raising funds to support panda care and conservation.

In addition to having fun and raising funds for a great cause, you have the opportunity to win awesome prizes.  Every team that raises $2000 or more and every individual who raises $250 or more will be entered into a draw for the chance to win the following:

Team Fundraising Prize: Skip the Line to Meet the Giant Pandas 

Meet Calgary's black and white celebrities and their care givers. The top fundraising team will receive VIP access to skip the line to visit the giant pandas at your Calgary Zoo. Meet a member of the panda care team and learn the inside stories about these four iconic bears, the conservation challenges facing giant pandas and what each of us can do to help protect these beautiful bears. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the zoo for the duration of the day. Book before December 31, 2018.

Individual Fundraising Prize: Panda Breakfast for Two

Start your day with the world's most symbolic endangered species. Beat the crowds and visit the giant pandas in the morning, before they officially open to the public for the day. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and learn why giant pandas are so important, why they sleep so much, and what specialized care is required to protect this majestic endangered animal. After your meal, you'll be treated to an exclusive viewing of the pandas enjoying their morning routine. You and your guest are welcome to stay on park to explore afterwards. Book before December 31, 2018.


$25 - Provides all four pandas with yummy treats, such as apples and yams for the week.  

$50 - Keeps our plant grow lights operating for five days. This is an essential part of providing the pandas with the habitat they need.

$100 - Helps us keep the bamboo cooler running for five days. This ensures the pandas' primary food, bamboo, stays nice and fresh for them.

$500 - Feed a panda for the day. The pandas' bamboo is shipped directly from China twice a week to ensure they have the best quality of food.  

Did you know? A panda eat approximately 40 kilograms of bamboo per day. That is a lot of bamboo!

Double your donation! Did you know that many businesses match donations to non-profit organizations?  Please contact your employer directly for details on your company’s corporate matching policies. 

Panda Cup 2018 is a partnership between the Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival and your Calgary Zoo to raise funds to support the care of the giant pandas during their visit to Calgary and the conservation of pandas in the wild. With fewer than 1,800 giant pandas left in the wild, caring for the four giant pandas at the Calgary Zoo has never been more critical. Giant pandas are an umbrella species and by helping to protect them, other species who inhabit their environment will also be protected. Each year the Calgary Zoo will contribute $1.4 million to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China to support conservation initiatives such as breeding, habitat protection, reintroduction science and research.