Volunteer With Pandas

Pandas have become a worldwide symbol for animal conservation thanks to the WWF’s use of them as its logo, but many people do not know just how bad the plight of these beautiful animals really is. Whilst the pandas status has been made less severe, moving from endangered to vulnerable, the animals still need your help as they are losing their natural habitats at an alarming rate due to human development.These famous creatures may have come off of the endangered list, but an increase in conservation efforts is still needed to ensure they have a chance of survival.

Pandas are facing a whole host of threats, and although one of the main problems these bears is their incredibly slow reproduction rate, there are other problems such as hunting and habitat encroachment that we as humans have the power to prevent.

We can offer you the chance to volunteer with the pandas in their endemic home of China, and whilst you are working with the bears you will have the chance to explore a country which is rich in both history and culture. The bears need your help, so volunteer today.

Pandas at a glance

ENDANGERED STATUS
Vulnerable
NUMBER REMAINING IN THE WILD
Around 1,800
ENDEMIC REGION
China

How endangered are pandas

In 2016 the giant panda’s status was moved down from endangered to vulnerable, but this does not mean that the conservation of pandas is completed just yet. It is estimated that there are around 1,800 pandas left in the wild, but due to their sometimes elusive nature it is hard to get an accurate gauge on their numbers.

Due to the fact that they are endemic to only one country, the panda numbers can be drastically effected by any small change in their local environment, and this further endangers the bears as they would find it hard to recover. Panda sanctuary's are beginning to play a much more prominent role in the protection of these bears, and as a result panda sanctuary volunteers are becoming crucial in the battle to save the animals.

Threats pandas are facing

Pandas have suffered greatly as a result of human interference with their environment, but their population struggles are not purely down to humans. This is why panda conservation efforts are so drastically needed. Some of the things most affecting pandas include:

  • Human encroachment – With China, home to the world’s panda population, also playing host to the largest population of humans in the world, space is at a premium and this has resulted in humans inadvertently removing pandas from their natural homes.
  • Low rates of reproduction – Breeding season for pandas is normally only a few days per year, and panda mothers normally only produce 1 or 2 offspring each year which means it can take a long time for numbers to recover.
  • Hunting – Efforts have been made to stop panda hunting in China, but pandas are still sometimes caught in traps that were intended for other animals.
Fast Facts
  • 99% of a panda’s diet consists of bamboo, which is low in nutritional value, but they are able to digest other foods so it is a bit of a mystery as to why they continually choose to eat this plant.
  • The giant panda is actually a bear, which is contrary to what many people believe.
  • They can live for up to 20 years in the wild, and as they have no natural predators when they reach maturity they are free to graze away at the bamboo they love so much!

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Contact Info
UK Office
The Great Traveller Ltd,
3 Dairy Yard
Star Street
Ware, Hertfordshire
SG12 9BX
United Kingdom
Opening hours: 9am–5pm

T: +44(0) 208 885 4987