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Bifengxia Panda Volunteer

Have you ever thought about being a panda volunteer besides just watching them in a zoo? If yes, Bifengxia Panda Base with over 40 giant pandas can achieve your desire. Participating in the fantastic panda volunteer activity, you will encounter a series of brand-new experiences about the adorable and precious giant pandas, such as feeding giant pandas with their favorite food like bamboos, apples, carrots, and cakes, cleaning the house of pandas, taking out the left-over bamboos, preparing panda cakes, watching panda documentaries, planting bamboos, doing researches about pandas, learning more knowledge about pandas, etc. to know about the daily work of staff on the panda base and get really close to giant pandas. As this panda base is becoming more popular and a really fine place to have up-close interaction with giant pandas, do not miss the great chances to experience the panda volunteer activity. If you join together with your children, it will be a super unforgettable memory in your life and memorable time together for family members!

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As the giant pandas are announced to be endangered animal species, it is advocated to take some practical actions to take care of these treasurable gifts from our nature and protect them by our own hands and behaviors!

Bifengxia Panda Volunteer - Bifengxia Panda Base

Giant Panda at Bifengxia Panda Base

Giant Panda Volunteer Programs at Bifengxia Panda Base

Bifengxia Panda Reserve has designed and arranged the 1 day panda volunteer and the 3 days panda volunteer programs for the different needs and likes of panda lovers. Let’s see the details and highlights of the inspiring panda volunteer programs at below!

A. 1 Day Panda Volunteer Program at Bifengxia Panda Base

The 1 day Bifengxia panda volunteer program suits perfectly for people who have limited holiday, and during this program, you can get the interesting and meaningful tries to be a panda cleaner and panda nutritionist to know more about the living condition of captive pandas and their eating habits, feed pandas in person know how they eat, watch panda documentaries, have group photos together and receive the souvenirs and certificates to make contributions to the protection and taking care of giant pandas.

Bifengxia Panda Volunteer - Clean Panda Enclosure

Volunteer Cleaning Panda's Enclosure at Bifengxia

Detailed Schedule:

Time Activity
09:00-11:30 Panda Cleaner: clean the pandas’ enclosures, know about their living environment, and complete the task list.
11:30-12:00 Feed Panda: feed pandas with their favored panda cakes, banboo shoots and fruits.
12:00-13:30 Lunch & Panda Documentary: Enjoy lunch in the dining hall with staff. Have a rest at the service center or watch science documentary to learn how human beings protect giant pandas and live harmoniously with them.
13:30-14:00 Feed Panda: feed pandas with their favored panda cakes, bamboo shoots and fruits.
14:00-15:30 Panda Nutritionist: learn the recipe of panda cakes and prepare cakes under the guidance of staff.
15:30-16:00 Summing-up & Certificate: Hand in the task list, return the volunteer’s working cards, gloves, and suits, get the volunteer’s certificate and souvenirs, and have a group shot together to record the moment. Volunteer program ends!

Note:

1. Fees: the fee for 1-day giant panda volunteer program is charged by the panda base for 700RMB/person (500RMB/person during March 1st - April 28th and November 1st - December 29th).

2. Volunteers less than 12 years old will not be able to experience the activity of feeding giant pandas)

 

B. 3 Days Volunteer Program at Bifengxia Panda Base

If you have enough time and want to experience more to about panda volunteer’s work, you are highly recommended to join the 3 day Bifengxia panda volunteer program. During the 3 days, you will not only do the work same as the 1 day program, but also, you will have another chance to do some research about the physical facts about giant pandas.

Bifengxia Panda Volunteer - Panda Volunteer

Volunteers Taking Left-over Bamboos Out

Detailed Schedule:

Date Time Activity
Day 1 09:00-11:30 Panda Cleaner: clean the pandas’ enclosures, know about their living environment, and complete the task list.
11:30-12:00 Feed Panda: feed pandas with their favored panda cakes, bamboo shoots and fruits.
12:00-13:30 Lunch & Panda Documentary: Enjoy lunch in the dining hall with staff. Have a rest at the service center or watch science documentary to learn how human beings protect giant pandas and live harmoniously with them.
13:30-14:00 Feed Panda: feed pandas with their favored panda cakes, bamboo shoots and fruits.
14:00-15:30 Panda Nutritionist: learn the recipe of panda cakes and prepare cakes under the guidance of staff.
Day 2 09:00-12:00 Scientific Research Assistant: Do some research about panda and their drops to know about their physical data and feel the hardship of the research of wild population of giant pandas.
12:00-13:30 Lunch & Panda Documentary: Enjoy lunch in the dining hall with staff. Have a rest at the service center or watch science documentary.
13:30-14:00 Feed Panda: feed pandas with their favored panda cakes, bamboo shoots and fruits.
14:00-15:00 Break Time: share thoughts and summarize the relative task list of giant pandas.
15:00-15:30 Feed Panda: feed pandas with their favored panda cakes, bamboo shoots and fruits.
Day 3 09:00-12:00 Panda Scientific Lecture: observe the behaviors of giant pandas at the base and preliminarily learn the method of behavioral study.
12:00-13:30 Lunch & Panda Documentary: Enjoy lunch in the dining hall with staff. Have a rest at the service center or watch science documentary.
13:30-14:00 Feed Panda: feed pandas with their favored panda cakes, bamboo shoots and fruits.
14:00-15:00 Break Time: share thoughts and summarize the relative task list of giant pandas.
15:00-15:30 Feed Panda: feed pandas with their favored panda cakes, bamboo shoots and fruits.
15:30-16:00 Summing-up & Certificate: Hand in the task list, return the volunteer’s working cards, gloves, and suits, get the volunteer’s certificate and souvenirs, and have a group shot together to record the moment. Volunteer program ends!

Note:

1. Fees: the fee for 3-day giant panda volunteer program is charged by the panda base for 2100RMB/person (1500RMB/person during March 1st - April 28th and November 1st - December 29th).

2. Volunteers less than 12 years old will not be able to experience the activity of feeding giant pandas)

 

Bifengxia Panda Volunteer - Panda Food

Learn to Make Delicious Cakes for Giant Pandas

Pre-work Training 1 Day in Advance of Volunteer Activity

For Bifengxia panda volunteers(particularly for a group of over 10 volunteers), you are required to get to the panda base 1 day in advance for checking in at the volunteer service center, attending the pre-work introduction and training about the daily work of the staff of Bifengxia Panda Base and how to do that, getting the volunteer’s suits, gloves, cards and being divided into several groups according to the number of volunteers and staff guides.

The training begins at around 15:00 before your volunteer day and usually lasts for about 1.5 hour. For most panda volunteers, they usually get to Bifengxia Panda Base from Chengdu city which is about 150km far away and needs about 2.5 hours for driving. It is recommended to plan your schedule so not to miss or be late for the training and get good preparation for your volunteer experience.

Missing the pre-work training 1 day in advance?

If you are late because of the jam or delay of flights/trains, the staff can also offer the pre-work training for you at around 8:40 in the morning on your volunteer day before your volunteer work. (Pre-work training arrangement tips: for a group of over 10 volunteers, you are required to join the training 1 day in advance. And if there are fewer than 10 people, you could also join it on the morning of the right volunteer day.)

Bifengxia Panda Volunteer - Feed Panda

Volunteer Feeding Giant Panda at Bifengxia Panda Reserve

Which Bifengxia Volunteer Program to Choose, 1 Day or 3 Days?

You are suggested to choose the volunteer program according to your trip time and budget. If you have more days in China and want more days with adorable pandas, you are suggested to choose the 3 Days Volunteer Program. While if you are in hurry and want to add more attractive destinations into your travel list, spending one whole day hanging out with these cuddly creatures there will also be great!

Useful Notes for Joining Panda Volunteers

1. Opening time of Bifengxia Panda Base: 08:30-16:00, every day.

2. Fees: All expenses of base ticket, sightseeing vehicle, lunch, working suit, gloves, passing card, program service fees are included in your volunteer fee.

3. Good Services: Volunteer’s working suits, gloves, volunteer’s passing cards, pre-work training, Entire accompany (English, Chinese & Japanese), sightseeing vehicle, lunch at the dining hall.

4. The 3 days Bifengxia panda volunteer program is only offered for traveler groups (no less than 15 people).

5. Optional Bamboo Planting Item for 3-day Volunteer Program: if you are interested in planting fresh bamboos for giant pandas in the 3 days volunteer activity, you can replace the “Scientific Research Assistant” or the “Panda Scientific Lecture” item with the optional item without extra payment. However, you could also enjoy all the items with the bamboo planting experience, which needs extra payment of 100RMB/bamboo.

6. All the time and arrangement mentioned above may be adjusted based on practical situations.

7. Your English-speaking guide will accompany you through your volunteer program, so you don’t have to worry about the communication and just enjoy your meaningful experience with pandas.

Bifengxia Panda Volunteer - Bifengxia Panda Base Volunteer

Get Volunteer's Certificate and Have Group Photos

Requirements & Limitations for Panda Volunteers & Holders

1. Numbers & Ages: The center can accept up to 40 volunteers at one time (only 20 volunteers once in July and August) and the age should be between 12 and 65.

2. Health Examination Form: Being a volunteer, you should apply it a week in advance with your Application Form and Health Examination Form (valid medical certificate and signature within the recent half year which could apply it in your country or in China). Interested people could feel free to contact our travel consultant for more information or let them register for you.

3. No Strong Smells: For pandas have keen sense of smell, volunteers should avoid using perfume or other odorous articles like mosquito repellent liquid or nail polish, skin care products, makeups, etc. on the volunteering work day.

4. Healthy Bodies: To well protect giant pandas, volunteers are required to be healthy, and people who are suffering from illness, like a cold, fever, influenza, and other infectious diseases are not suitable to have physical contact with the giant pandas.

5. Force Majeure: The panda volunteer program is to be delayed or inaccessible if there is Force Majeure like earthquakes, epidemic... Also, the inevitable requirement and control of the government, country may influence your volunteer program.

 

How to Get to Bifengxia Panda Base

Bifengxia Panda Base is situated in Yucheng District of Ya’an City in Sichuan, China, about 150km away southwest from Sichuan’s capital city Chengdu, which needs only 2.5 hours around by car. Tourists usually get to Bifengxia Panda Base from Chengdu downtown. Most of them prefer traveling by private car, while some independent travelers may also choose the long-distance coaches.

By Private Car (Top Recommended): If you are looking for a way to travel in convenience, travelling with the help of local drivers and licensed private car is the best choice, because you can get to Bifengxia Panda Base from your Chengdu hotel directly, without the hassles to find the right coach station! We China Discovery based in Chengdu also offer warm private car service. Please feel free to contact us if you are in need!

By Coach (Good Alternative Option): The long-distance coaches cannot take you to Bifengxia Panda Base directly, but to Ya’an downtown. After getting off the coach, you can ride a taxi to Bifengxia Panda Base. The whole journey takes 3 hours around.

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How to Plan a Panda Tour

For normal panda fans, spending half-day around to visit pandas at Chengdu Panda Base in Chengdu downtown is their favorite choice. While for Big Panda Fans who are looking for a closer distance with these cuddly creatures, they will choose the fantastic Panda Volunteer Program.

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