You’ll be joining us at the Bifengxia Giant Panda base, a branch of the China Conservation & Research Center for the Giant Panda and one of the largest of its kind. It started working in 2003 and suddenly grew in 2008 when Pandas were relocated here from Wolong Panda base, which was devastated in an earthquake that year.
But since this move, the panda population here has more than doubled – which is an amazing achievement. A big share of pandas which you see anywhere in the world has originally come from this panda reserve! The panda base is now looking to releasing the panda into the wild, fulfilling its long term ambition.
If you would like to extend your Panda experience, consider adding on the Panda Wildlife and Culture program to extend your time enjoying the Panda population.
What will you get up to?
You will be involved in working about 4-6 hours a day side by side with panda caretakers by preparing food for the pandas such as apples, panda bread, carrots – and of course their favourite – bamboo, providing them food you have put together, cleaning their enclosures and ensuring they are secure in their environment.
Please note: The keepers usually feed the Panda twice in the afternoon. However, this would depend on the individual condition of each Giant Panda and also other circumstances. We cannot guarantee the feeding times and also cannot ensure that every participant would be able to feed a Panda. Feeding tasks are assigned exclusively by the keepers.
Please remember this is a rare opportunity to be in close proximity as you work for the care of these amazing animals, there is a great responsibility for providing the utmost care for them. You will not be allowed to have direct contact with the pandas for their safety and for your own. There is no touching allowed. Kindly abide by all of the rules laid out by the Panda Base staff.
Occasionally, you might also be asked to conduct some research of the panda’s habits and medical health so that we may extend our knowledge and experience in caring for this highly vulnerable species.
As a participant in this special program, you will also have the luxury of being able to walk around the panda reserve, something other visitors usually have to pay extra for. You’ll be able to see the panda nursery (approx. July to September), animal rescue, educational facilities, and much more. But please do not wander too far into the forest, and make sure to strictly obey the panda caretaker’s directions at all times for the panda’s safety as well as your own!
You will be required to be committed to your work, but let the panda caretaker or coordinator know if you cannot keep to the schedule ahead of time and you’ll have a great time with these incredible, beautiful creatures.
But remember: Pandas are wild animals and naturally lazy and and will need some time to relax on their own!
That’s why we offer plenty of Chinese lessons & cultural activities during their resting times, which you can take part in at your leisure. Some activities that you will take part in are:
- Chinese language lessons (Daily 16:00-18:00 upon request)
- Mahjong (Chinese chess)
- Chinese calligraphy
- Dumpling making
- And more!
***Take note that the duration of this program is limited to one week bookings only***
Environment and conservationWildlife and animal care
Aims & objectives
- Give you practical, hands-on experience in animal conservation
- Assist the program and its staff with your efforts
- Give you the chance to learn about, and bond with the Pandas
Orientation and detailed information before your departure
A local coordinator to assist you during all your stay
Safe and comfortable accommodation
Pick-up from the airport or the chosen meeting point on your arrival day within the regular pick-up window
Daily transport to the volunteering projects and scheduled activities and back to the accommodation
24h emergency support
Materials needed for your specific program
Wi-Fi internet access at your accommodation
Diploma / Certificate of attendance
What's not included?
Travel and health insurance (we can assist you with arranging that)
Private room supplement (if a private room is requested)
Drop off on your departure date
If you decide to change programs there may be an extra charge