Panda Volunteer Programs in Chengdu

The panda is probably one of the most recognisable animals in the world. However, there are only around 2,000 of them left in world which can be found in China. The Dujiangyan Giant Panda Centre, part of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda has devised a programme that will allow people to get closer to the elusive and notoriously shy pandas and at the same time educate them on the importance of conserving the environment wherein pandas reside. The Dujiangyan Giant Panda Centre is home to many pandas. They treat and shelter pandas in their state of the art facility located on the foot of a holy mountain which is a 126 acre land of bamboos in the outskirts of Chengdu.

There are several volunteering programmes that they offer to visitors ranging from a one day volunteer programme to a three month long programme. To be a volunteer, you should be no younger than 16 years old. There is a separate programme for children to participate in. Contact your travel agent in China to know the particulars of your visit and which one will suit you the best. As a volunteer you will be given basic training on how to clean the enclosure where the pandas are living in, you will also be taught how to collect their waste (faeces) and weigh them in order to tell how healthy a panda is. You will also be given the opportunity to give the pandas a cold shower especially during hot Chinese summers.

At first, you will be greeted by one of the staff members of the centre where you will be given a rundown of how operations are in the conservatory, how important pandas are to the Chinese culture and what you can do to help preserve their habitats. After that, you can join the panda feedings sessions both in the morning and in the afternoon. You will learn how to prepare panda treats such as bamboos, carrots and how to make the special panda cake made of shredded bamboo, rice and egg. During your volunteer experience, you also have the chance to learn how to interpret and respond to simple panda behaviours.

You will be given a break in between to have your lunch which will be held at the centre’s mini café. Before resuming your work as a volunteer, take time to explore the whole conservatory. The place is really well-kept and maintained. The gardens are filled with beautiful flowers and the landscape is truly captivating. You can also take a tour of the places where they keep the younger pandas and see how they are taken care of and nurtured before they are mixed with the adult pandas. You can take a tour around, watch videos and documentaries on pandas and talk to the trainers and caretakers about their work.

Being volunteer panda caretakers is an activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family. It is not only fun, it is also highly educational and a good way to inculcate values to your children.