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Volunteering with giant pandas in a breeding centre in China!

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Good morning stretch!

China is famous for its giant pandas who, as a result of farming,  deforestation and other development, have been driven out of the lowland areas where they once lived and are now classified as “endangered” and “vulnerable”.

Estimated numbers of giant pandas in the wild in China vary from 1,000 to 2,000 and those kept in zoos and breeding programs around the world rarely reproduce so the world gets very excited when baby giant pandas are born!

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Encouraging the pandas to eat more bamboo!

At this giant panda breeding project, in 2018 they were lucky to have 4 baby giant pandas born!

This volunteering placement caring for giant pandas is a unique opportunity for you to help in every aspect of care for pandas in a panda breeding centre in China!  You will be assigned to a specific handler and his or her pandas and your handler will teach you all there is to know about caring for the pandas.

In the wild, the pandas would be more carnivorous but at the breeding centre their diet consists mostly of bamboo and other vegetables and supplements. Some of  the pandas are old so need a diet appropriate to their age.  Producing enough bamboo for 22 pandas munching away all day is a huge job, hence the fact that they like the volunteers to help with the continual planting of new bamboo trees!

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Cleaning up the discarded bamboo from the outdoor area for the giant pandas

All the pandas have a dedicated Chinese handler and you will work under them and help them with:

  • feeding the pandas
  • cleaning out their indoor areas
  • cleaning up their outdoor areas including water features
  • encouraging the pandas to be mobile!  Enrichment!
  • planting bamboo trees
  • teaching the Chinese staff how to speak good English
  • teaching English to Chinese children in a local school  
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Outside area for the Pandas

This opportunity is suitable for:

  • Gap Year/Year out/Sabbaticals
  • those travelling round China wanting to visit and get involved with a panda breeding centre
  • those studying zoology
  • those studying Mandarin
  • families
  • mature volunteers
  • singles
  • school groups
  • university groups

In your spare time, immerse yourself in the local Chinese life and traditions, such as learning how to make dumplings!

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Learning how to make dumplings

Visit a local farm, help the farmer grow his kiwis and green beans and share a meal with him and his family!

Planting new bamboo trees is part of the placement as the pandas get through a lot of bamboo throughout the day.  However they do eat other foods to supplement their diets.

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Planting bamboo trees

The staff at this giant panda breeding centre would appreciate it if you could help them learn English so that they are able to converse with visitors and also volunteers who come to help care for the giant pandas.

Teaching English also takes place locally.  The local school would also appreciate it if you could visit them once a week to help the students with their spoken English.

During the day, there are quiet times so we recommend you take a book along with you and rest during these periods.

Contact us to discuss when you would like to go – whether you are an individual or a group, this is a unique opportunity to be part of this exciting giant panda breeding centre!

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The team caring for the giant pandas at the breeding centre for giant pandas

 

Number of weeks Price What's included in the price
1 week minimum £890 Local airport transfers
2 weeks £1,340 Accommodation
3 weeks £1,790 Food,
4 weeks £2,240 orientation on arrival
5 weeks £2,690 placement assisting handler caring for pandas
6 weeks £3,140 tour of other animals at centre
Visit to local farm
Visit to local school
Book here! Check availability with us first and then return form with a deposit of £195 to secure your placement.