Bifengxia Panda Base is the largest giant panda base in the world, with over 80 giant pandas. It offers volunteer programs where participants can help take care of the pandas.
Bifengxia (or Green Peak Valley) Giant Panda Base was established at the end of 2003, and has become a paradise for giant pandas, a national treasure, with the function of raising, breeding and rescuing giant pandas. It has over 80 giant pandas. Among them, about 30 were relocated from Wolong National Nature Reserve, which was severely affected by the earthquake in 2008.
Bifengxia has dense forest , numerous waterfalls and breathtaking scenery that make a visit very pleasant. Here visitors can see pandas more in their natural environment than at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center . At the base, the pandas are trained in a simulated wild environment and returned to nature once researches show that they are fit enough to survive in the wild.
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Bifengxia Giant Panda Base offers volunteer programs that give a unique experience of getting close contact with the cuddly giant pandas. During the program, participants can work with skilled panda keepers to take care of the pandas.
Interesting activities include cleaning and weighing fresh bamboo to feed the pandas, cleaning panda enclosures and bathing the pandas. At the end of the program, each participant is issued a certificate which proves their volunteering at the base.
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Note: Dujiangyan Panda Valley has reopened the volunteer program since March 24, 2015. And it allows visitors to take pictures holding a panda now. The program that allows visitors to take pictures holding a panda is still suspended in other panda bases (Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base, Bifengxia Giant Panda Base and Dujiangyan Panda Valley). The reopening date is TBA.
Bifengxia Base is located in Bifengxia Scenic Area, 18 kilometers (11 miles) from Ya’an City, and 150 kilometers (93 miles) from Chengdu City. China Hihlights uses high-quality air-conditioned private transport for our customers to get to the base.