The Giant Panda has long been loved by people around the world, it is known to be the China’s national treasure and the representation of endangered animal species. It is used as the logo of the Word Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) which work on wilderness preservation and is the largest conservation organization in the world. The success in Panda conservation effort in China causes the reclassification in 2016 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from “endangered” species to “vulnerable” species.
Where to see Giant Panda in Sichuan?
You can see pandas in the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre. Naturalistic habitats have been created to provide the best possible environment for rearing and breeding the adorable pandas. It is the main research base of the Chinese government to conduct production to endangered wildlife in China. There are over 100 pandas and other rare wild animals (e.g. red panda, black and white necked crane) living on the site designed with 96% of green coverage.
Besides, you can tailor-made to be a volunteer with the Panda Keeper Program in Dujiangyan Panda Base for one day to get closer with the Panda including feeding and holding the panda for a picture and to learn about the important panda conservation work in China.
The center accepts up to 30 volunteers with the age between 12 to 65 daily. Application has to be done 2 weeks in advance with the Application Form and Health Examinations Form (valid medical certificate and signature)
The schedule of the Panda Keeper Progam in Dujiangyan Panda Base
|08:30~09:00||Learn safety announcement and sign the security agreement; put on the work suit and gloves, wear the volunteer pass card before go to the work place; the staff will tell you important matters that need your attention.|
|09:00~10:00||“Honorable Panda Keeper” experience: carry out the old bamboo, wash the panda house, clean up the panda excrement, carry in the fresh bamboo, etc.|
|10:00~11:00||“Wonderful Panda Tour” time: visit other panda enclosures, look around the panda base for more giant pandas and red pandas.|
|11:00~11:30||“Regardful Panda Feeding” experience: feed the panda with panda cake or other food, like carrot, bamboo shoot and apple.|
|1.5 hours||Have lunch with the staff in the restaurant and take a break;
Visit around the base and see the cute panda if you like.
|13:00~14:00||“Panda Cinema”: Watch a panda documentary that shows the scientific facts about panda, to understand how humans protect them.|
|14:00~14:50||clean the panda house and feed the giant pandas again.|
|14:50~15:30||“Panda Nutritionist” time: prepare food for the panda and also make the panda cake.|
|15:30 and after||Answer some scientific questions about panda through your whole days’ experience; Plant bamboo to improve the pandas’ environment; and then, finish the panda volunteer experience and get the panda volunteer certificate and souvenirs.|
If you are interested in seeing the Giant Panda in China, give us a ring at 020 8543 8133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.