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If you are an animal lover and want to learn about conservation program of one of the endangered species then this is the perfect project for you.
Panda is one of the most threatened species in the world. About 1000 pandas are estimated to live in the wild. Destruction of the natural habitat through logging, human grazing and agriculture is now the number one threat to the survival of the species. Though the panda conservation effort began in China in the 1940s, it wasn't until the government of China setup a forest reserve near Chengdu and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) offered to help that the conservation effort took off seriously. This conservation currently aims to increase the pandas' chance for survival by reducing human activities in panda habitat, rehabilitating areas where panda live, adding additional panda reserves, and strengthening conservation education and public awareness.
The Panda Conservation Center where our volunteers will work is an environmentally friendly place where over 80 pandas roam in 76 hectare of land. Our volunteers will work under the direct supervision of our local staff to learn the behavior of the animal and the conservation effort and aid in the work of the conservation.
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In the panda conservation project, volunteers will have wide range of daily activities to do. Your project work can include but is not limited to:
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Clean Panda’s enclosures, both indoor and outdoors. Do first Morning feeding: bamboo and panda cakes. Those together usually take more than one hour depending on weather conditions.
10:00 am - 11:30 AM
Second and Third time feeding period with panda cakes, carrots and apples, etc.
11：30 am - 14：00 PM
Breaking time – volunteer may take a rest, going back to hostel, or surfing internet at Center’s Offices
First afternoon feeding: panda cakes and carrots.
Second afternoon feeding: bamboo and panda cakes.
This is subject to change depending on local condition.
Volunteers must produce copies of immunization records and/or a physical examination record. The record must not be more than 3 months old. If you do not bring this, you can still do it in the project but it will cost you US $100. Volunteers are expected to be must be confident and have good communication skills. You shouldn't mind getting your hands dirty as work involves lots of cleaning and maintenance. You should also be prepared to live in a semi remote region with limited facility. Volunteers must also be aware that working condition and the mentality of the local people will be very different from what you're used to back home. Therefore, you should be open-minded and remain enthusiastic throughout the project. The project provides (but not always) gears to work in the center. These include boots, overcoats and gloves. Sometimes, you may not find a boot to fit your size and ideally you would want to bring your own wellington boots (gum goots). You can also bring old or dirty clothes to work in the project. You can discard these clothes after volunteering in the project.
Volunteers don't require any skills to volunteer in the project but must be passionate about panda conservation. You'll also have to be open-minded as working condition and the mentality of the people will be very different from what you're used to back home.
The project is located close to the city of Chengdu, which is located in the Sichuan province. Chengdu is China’s fifth largest city and is also the close to the natural habitat of Giant Pandas. The city has recently seen many changes. The traditional wooden architecture and leafy streets have gradually been replaced by glassy skyscrapers and apartment buildings, and cars and buses are gradually replacing the bicycles. Summer in Chengdu is hot and humid as the city is surrounded by small mountains to the east and sits in the Red Basin. An hour away west from Chengdu lie the foothills of the mighty Tibetan Plateau and the fabulously scenic mountains of west Sichuan.
Volunteers will be picked up at the airport in Chengdu and transfer to conservation site. If you wish to spend a night in Chengdu before heading the center, we can arrange that also but the hotel cost in Chengdu is not included in the program fee.