Note: Dujiangyan Panda Valley has reopened the volunteer program since March 24, 2015 and it’s the only panda base offering the volunteer program now. The program that allows visitors to take pictures holding a panda is still suspended in all panda bases (Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base, Bifengxia Giant Panda Base and Dujiangyan Panda Valley). The reopening date is TBA.
These programs give participants a unique experience of getting close contact with giant pandas. During the programs, participants not only learn about giant pandas, but also work with skilled panda keepers and researchers in taking care of the pandas. At the end of the program, each participant is issued a certificate which proves their volunteering at the base.
A volunteer program lasts 1 to 3 days. Activities can be flexible and the programs can be redesigned according to different group sizes, available time, participants' needs and interests and other factors. Contact us to sign up for a volunteer program!
Activities may include:
Because giant pandas have their own lifestyle and behavior, sometimes it is very hard for them to tolerate outside influence. It is best not to disturb their peaceful life for their health, and some of the activities might be changed or deleted.
The final activities are subject to the panda base's arrangements, according to the pandas' actual situation, which is beyond our control. Our suggestion for our customers is to be patient and cooperative.
Giant panda volunteer programs are not available during the Chinese New Year Holiday (generally falls in late January or early/mid February).
They are probably available during Labor Day (May 1) and Chinese National Day (October 1). However, you should contact us to confirm the information one month in advance.
It's important for the pandas to have a quiet environment.
Watch the video of Volunteer Program in Bifengxia Panda Base.