Industry News | April 15, 2005

Panda Express Partners with the Oakland Zoo

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Panda Restaurant Group has partnered with the Oakland Zoo in an effort to bring two giant pandas to the Bay Area. Nearly 50 of the company's Panda Express restaurants in the region will host Oakland Zoo Night fundraisers to support the campaign. "In the Chinese culture, pandas symbolize peace and good fortune," says Peggy Cherng, Ph.D., CEO and co-chair. "Bringing these incredible animals to the Oakland Zoo will be beneficial for everyone, especially local children. This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us at Panda Restaurant Group to share our passion for pandas!"

Oakland Zoo Night fundraisers will be held at Bay Area Panda Express locations on a monthly basis in April, May, and June. During the events, 20 percent of net sales will be donated to the Oakland Giant Panda Foundation. In addition to raising an anticipated $35,000, the events will also increase local awareness about the Zoo's campaign to open a giant panda sanctuary, research center, and exhibit. The zoo is hoping to bring two giant pandas to their facility in late 2005 for a 10-year visit.