Pandas are a beloved global conservation icon, as well as the symbol of the world-renowned WWF. However, the plight of the panda is still a seriously concerning matter, even with improvements to their status thanks to conservation efforts in recent years.
Despite their conservation status changing from endangered to vulnerable back in 2016, panda volunteers are still desperately needed if we want to provide these beautiful yin-yang bears with a sustainable future. There is still much work to be done as their habitat continues to decrease at an alarming rate as the result of human development, as well as a huge reduction in available food supplies with the over harvesting of bamboo.
Volunteering with pandas makes for a truly enriching and rewarding experience. The bears are indigenous to China, so you have the opportunity to absorb the beautiful culture of this fascinating country, whilst witnessing these amazing animals up close! Panda volunteers can be sure to have an unforgettable experience on our panda volunteer project.
If you want to join the fight for the survival of these adorable animals, then look no further, as The Great Projects have a phenomenal panda volunteer program waiting for you! Take a look at the project below and get in touch today for more information so you can begin your conservation adventure.
In need of a little pick-me-up? Check out these gorgeous photos taken by the talented Ami Vitale (National Geographic) at the Panda Volunteer Experience in China! Don't forget that you can volunteer with pandas by heading to our project page now!
How up to scratch is your panda knowledge? Fear no more, as The Great Projects have bought you an abundance of fascinating panda facts right here in one blog. These beautiful bears could be seen as the symbol of endangered wildlife, and one way of spreading awareness, is expanding your knowledge in the first place!
One of our kind and generous volunteers Sarah recently returned from her endeavours to China. She volunteered at the Panda Volunteer Experience In China and was kind enough to send some fascinating pics of her trip! It's easy to say she had a fantastic time and she wants to share her experience with you!
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The status of giant pandas has been improved, and they are now listed as vulnerable, rather than endangered, but that does not mean they are out of the woods just yet. Panda volunteers are still needed, as there is a lot of work that still needs to be done. It is estimated that there are around 1,800 pandas left in the wild, but they tend to be shy animals, making it hard to calculate population numbers accurately.
As they are endemic to only one country, the panda population can be drastically affected by any small change in their local environment which can cause issues that are difficult for the bears to come back from. Panda volunteer programs are beginning to play a much more prominent role in the protection of these bears, and so, volunteering with pandas is crucial for their conservation.
With numbers on the rise, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for China’s beloved bear yet.
Pandas have suffered greatly due to human interference within their environment. Some of the issues most affecting pandas include: