Let’s Fund the Panda Cam

Principles That Matter (PTM), a Colorado-based think tank, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to fund operations of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Giant Panda Cam. The camera is currently offline due to the government shutdown.

The camera, which was shut down on Wednesday, January 2, draws tens of thousands of views from people love to watch giant pandas Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Bei Bei eat bamboo, play in the trees and sleep while being broadcast around the world 24/7. According to NBC News, the camera drew nearly a million viewers in 2015 when Mei Xiang gave birth to twin panda cubs.

“Rather than wait for the federal government to sort itself out, we believe Americans should use our voices – and our wallets – to restore operations for the parts of government we truly believe in and love like the Panda Cam,” said Allen Fuller, executive director of PTM. “Most importantly, this campaign raises an important question: if private supporters can fund programs like the Panda Cam, why is the government doing it in the first place?”

The GoFundMe campaign seeks to raise $20,000 to restore the camera’s operations. Should the government shutdown be resolved before the goal is reached, or in the event the Smithsonian’s National Zoo declines to restore operations despite the donation, the money will be given to the Friends of the National Zoo. Friends of the National Zoo provides support to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo – including species preservation, animal care, Zoo-based events and volunteer Zoo staff.

About Principles That Matter

Principles That Matter is a Colorado-based 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan initiative singularly focused on introducing modern citizens to effective public policy perspectives and solutions based on the principles that inspired America’s founders.