Get close with baby
pandas who weigh only 100 grams at birth and
gradually develop to 60lbs in their second year of
life to their far larger parents that weigh a
massive 250-350 lbs. The volunteer work over the
past 2 years has contributed to the doubling of the
panda population. The numbers are now such that the
panda reserve can at last experiment with returning
them to the wild. Your duties may vary depending on
what is required of you at the time, so flexibility
is essential. During your placement your daily
activities will include:
Cleaning of the
Giant Panda enclosures, and the nursery.
Preparing the food
and feeding the Giant Pandas. 99% of their diet
is bamboo, however the balance usually consists
of rice gruel, high fibre biscuits, carrots,
apples and sweet potatoes.
You may also be
asked to conduct some research into their habits
and health, in order to expand the knowledge of
how best to care for these highly endangered
A typical programme is
as follows, but this will vary from week to week and
season to season.
Pick up from Chengdu airport.
You will be collected from Chengdu airport by one of
our English speaking co-ordinators who will transfer
you to the city where you will stay for two nights.
After a morning's rest, you can take a tour
the city of Chengdu including local markets, parks
and the famous ancient pedestrian street of
Kuan-zhai Alley. Visit the Business quarter. Later,
join us at the welcome dinner in one of the City’s
Transfer to the Panda Reserve (3 hours by bus).
Lunch at the Panda base.
Afternoon briefing and introduction to the work you
will be doing.
Also registration (where you will be issued with
your uniform, volunteer card etc).
Guided tour of the Panda base and meet the panda
keepers whom you will be assisting.
Dinner at the hostel restaurant.
For the next 3 days you will work as an
assistant to the Panda Keeper. General duties will
include cleaning, preparing food, chopping and
8:00 am transfer to Chengdu City/airport
(arriving Chengdu airport at approximately 11.00
a.m) for your departure. Afternoon flights are