This is a unique and special opportunity to get up-close and personal with the iconic Giant Panda (and her babies) in the remote and mountainous Chinese wilderness. The Giant Panda is in serious trouble in the wild, and this project therefore does great work helping to bring them back from the brink of extinction.
Based in majestic surroundings in the mountains of Sichuan, you'll work alongside Chinese conservation professionals gaining exclusive behind the scenes access to the centre. This is an amazing opportunity for lovers of wildlife to get close to this gentle giant, to observe and to learn about conservation efforts in the heart of China. You will be working in a conservation centre whose objective is to care for the endangered panda in the hope that some may successfully be reintroduced to the wild. This remote reserve is well known for its work with panda populations and their aim is to rehabilitate, research and breed pandas to help bring them back from the brink.
“The most incredible week of my life. A dream come true” Kyle from QLD
Accommodation is a twin-share room in a basic but comfortable hotel near the panda reserve. You’ll have a private bathroom with hot shower, fan-cooling, wifi and a TV. Electric blankets are provided to keep you warm in winter. For the first two nights in Chengdu, hostel-style bunk accommodation (same-sex sharing) is provided – sharing with 3-7 others – and shared bathrooms. A private room upgrade option is available on request. Meals are all included and provided for you either on-site or at a local restaurant. Meals will be typical Sichuan Chinese cuisine – you should expect lots of rice, noodles and vegetables with some meat.
You will work alongside a Panda Keeper, and your duties will include cleaning enclosures, preparing food, chopping and carrying bamboo and assisting with feeding. By engaging in these vital tasks you’ll be able to observe the pandas from very close up. The task schedule is spread throughout the day, and between stints there is plenty of free time for you to enjoy your surroundings. 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 will be able to feed a Panda. Feeding tasks are assigned exclusively by the keepers.
Pandas are wild animals and are naturally lazy – they 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. As a volunteer you are granted free access to all areas of the panda reserve, there are lots of trails nearby for a hike, or kick back and enjoy a game of table tennis or mah-jong. Have fun with calligraphy and maybe learn some Chinese at the daily language classes.
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