1-WEEK PANDA CONSERVATION IN YA'AN, CHENGDU:
Price: £895, including food and accommodation.
Get up close and personal, with both 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. In the last 2 years the volunteer work
at the panda base has contributed to the doubling of the panda population – which
is an amazing achievement. The work you'll be able to do will vary depending on
what is required at the time upi're there, 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 species.
If you're interested in animal conservation, this represents a real opportunity
to learn about the Giant Panda, something that is unique to China. 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 restaurants.
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.
Wednesday – Friday:
For the next 3 days you will work as an assistant to the Panda Keeper. General duties
will include cleaning, preparing food, chopping and carrying bamboo.
8:00 am transfer to Chengdu City/airport (arriving Chengdu airport at approximately
11.00 a.m) for your departure. Afternoon flights are recommended.