Learn A Little More About The Giant Panda Volunteer Experience

Learn A Little More About The Giant Panda Volunteer Experience

Posted by Michael Starbuck on 8th Feb 2017

After the launch of our new Panda Volunteer Experience in China last month, we thought that now would be a good time to tell you a little more about the center itself and what you can expect to get up to as a volunteer there!

When did the center begin?

Baby Giant Panda

In order to help rescue and protect the endangered giant pandas species, the Chengdu Research Base of Panda Breeding was established in March 1987. The aim of the center originally was to further the work that was being carried out by Chengdu Zoo, and when it was formed it had the backing of the Chengdu Municipal Government and many other important organisations that helped it gain a foothold.

What are the aims of the center?

Panda Baby and mother

Currently, the main aim of the center is to care for the panda’s resident here and increase the worldwide panda population through breeding efforts. 70% of the pandas that can be found in zoos and other locations all around the world come from this center so the plan is clearly working! Once panda numbers are up to the required level, then the center will begin to work towards the release of its residence back into their endemic home.

How many pandas are at the center?

Panda Sleeping

Currently, there are 40 pandas in residence at the center. This number grows with new births and rescues, and it is well worth noting that since the centre moved from a previous location panda numbers have doubled and this means that the conservation efforts in place here are working extremely well.

How will I be helping as a volunteer?

Giant Panda Volunteer

Due to the large number of pandas at the center, your help as a volunteer is crucial. Without volunteers the center would not be able to run as smoothly as it does, and during your time here you will help with important tasks such as enclosure cleaning, feeding the bears (who eat four times each day), and even through scientific research which helps to extend knowledge about the bears. Your work here will be varied, but you will leave the reserve with a sense of achievement that you have helped with panda conservation efforts.

What else is there to do near at the center?

Chinese Calligraphy

Whilst most of your time here will be spending focusing on the pandas, there are a lot of other amazing activities you will be able to take part in. You will; have the chance to learn how to speak and write Chinese, be given the chance to explore and take in all of the sights and sounds of the world’s biggest panda conservation center, and even learn how to play the ancient Chinese game of Mahjong!


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