With only a thousand Giant Pandas remaining
in the wild, they are an endangered species.
To ensure their survival, China developed a
conservation centre in Chengdu which now
houses about 80 pandas, the world’s largest
captive Giant Panda population.
The reserve comprises a large area covered
by trees and bamboo, reminiscent of the
pandas’ natural habitat. Stroll around the
grounds to observe the pandas in their
enclosures and visit the informative museum
to learn more about the achievements of the
While you are here, you can take the opportunity to get involved in the vital work of the reserve. Join a keeper to help with the pandas' daily care routine (see right). Alternatively, when circumstances permit, there may be the chance to meet and hold a baby panda.
Panda Care Experience
When visiting the Chengdu Panda
Reserve we can arrange unparalleled
access to the pandas. Accompanied by
one of the experienced keepers, you
have the opportunity to assist with the
animals’ daily care routine. The program
will vary but may include preparing
natural foods, feeding the pandas,
washing the pandas and cleaning the
enclosure. This is a very hands-on way
to experience the vital work that is
carried out here.
Another option is to visit Bifengxia, about
100 miles from Chengdu, where it is possible
to spend time working with the pandas
on a volunteer program. The day-to-day
routine involves feeding the pandas and
ensuring that they and their enclosure are
kept clean; however it is sometimes possible
to be involved with collecting behavioural
data and administering medical care. You
may visit for several days which will give you
plenty of time to observe and really get to
know the pandas that you are caring for.