Volunteer With Pandas

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.

Pandas At A Glance

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

How Endangered Are Pandas

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.

Threats Pandas Are Facing

Pandas have suffered greatly due to human interference within their environment. Some of the issues most affecting pandas include:

  • Human Encroachment – the largest population of humans on Earth reside in China, along with the only wild pandas on Earth. However, there is only so much space available, which means that pandas have been removed from their habitats to make way for human development.
  • Low Reproduction Rates – breeding season for pandas is usually just a few days per year, and panda mothers normally produce only 1 or 2 offspring each year, so it can take a long time for numbers to recover from a decline.
  • Hunting – despite efforts being made to avoid this, pandas are still accidentally poached in the wild.
Fast Facts
  • 99% of a panda’s diet consists of bamboo, which is low in nutritional value. Despite the fact that pandas are able to digest other foods which are much more nutritional, they still choose bamboo to eat.
  • Pandas can live for up to 20 years in the wild, and with no natural predators, they are free to graze away at the bamboo they love so much without interference from other animals!
  • Pandas are a crucial part of their ecosystem, as they spread seeds within their waste, helping vegetation to thrive and naturally regenerate.
  • The Giant Panda was revealed to the west in 1869 after a French missionary was given a skin from a hunter.

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United Kingdom
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