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The red panda, also called the lesser panda, the red bear-cat and the red cat-bear, which looks different from giant panda from appearance, has reddish-brown fur, a long, shaggy tail, and a waddling gait due to its shorter front legs. Red pandas are excellent climbers and forage largely in trees. They eat mostly bamboo and may eat small mammals, birds, eggs, flowers and berries. Like giant pandas, this red cat-bear cannot digest cellulose and so they must consume a large volume of bamboo to survive everyday.
The red panda is a mammal native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China (mainly in Sichuan Province, Yunnan Province and Tibet Autonomous Region). The lesser pandas are friendly neighbors of giant pandas though they are not closely related to the giant pandas, which belong to basal ursid. Travelers who want to see the adorable red pandas, you can pay a visit to the panda bases and many city zoos in China.
The red panda has been listed as endangered species on the IUCN Red List (世界自然保护联盟红色名录) because of the wild population is estimated at fewer than 10,000 mature individuals and continues to decline for the habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching and inbreeding depression.
The Wolong Nature Reserve is the third largest national-level nature reserve and also the largest nature reserve in Sichuan Province with the most complicated natural condition and the largest number of rare animals. Among them, red panda is on the list. Panda lovers who are eager to do some meaningful volunteering work to help save the endangered species, you can take one day or more by heading to Wolong Hetaoping Panda Base, which is about 120 kilometers from Chengdu downtown area (about 2.5 hours’ driving).
In Wolong Hetaoping Panda Base, there are over 60 red pandas living in natural environment under good protection. Under the guidance of the staff, volunteers can have a close contact with the lovely red pandas and take care of their daily life. Also, you’ll become the honorable keeper to clean the enclosures and prepare food for them, most importantly, you have the precious time to feed them. You’ll understand them better by watching the red panda documentary as well as having a good communication with the professional zoologist.
You’re guaranteed with memorable experience just like attending the giant panda volunteer program in Dujiangyan, Ya’an or Shenshuping Panda Base.
>> 1 Day Dujiangyan Panda Volunteer Tour (Chengdu / Dujiangyan / Chengdu)
1. Program Length: One full day / 7 hours (09:30 - 16:30).
2. Age: Aged between 8 and 70 in good health.
3. Working Time & Detailed Schedules:
|08：30 – 08：50||Arrive at Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base Volunteer Service Center, learn safety announcement and sign the security agreement; put on the work suit and gloves, wear the volunteer pass card before go to the work place; the staff will tell the panda volunteer matters need attention.|
|09：00 – 10：00||Follow the guidance of the staff and transfer to Hetaoping Panda Base which is about 20 kilometers from Shenshuping Panda Base. Come to the red panda enclosures, take the old bamboo out, scoop the poop, and clean the panda house...|
|10：00 – 10：40||Cherish the 40 minutes to prepare and feed the red panda in very close distance.|
|10：40 – 11：30||Clean the enclosures of red pandas and do the disinfection.|
|11：40 – 12：00||Enjoy some leisure time, walk and see red pandas in the panda base.|
|12：00 – 13：00||Have lunch with your partners and other volunteers. Take a short rest after lunch.|
|13：00 – 14：00||Watch a red panda documentary that shows the scientific facts and natural ecology about red panda, to understand how humans protect them.|
|14：00 – 14：20||Catch the second chance to feed the red pandas and have great time with them.|
|14：30 – 15：00||Give back the work suit, gloves and volunteer pass card; finish the panda volunteer experience and get the panda volunteer certificate and souvenirs.|
Note: The real arrangement of the volunteering activities may vary based on the real situation and the condition of red pandas. If you want to know the latest info, please contact our travel consultant before booking.
China Discovery, local based in Sichuan - the hometown of giant pandas, has many years experience to organize panda volunteer program to Dujiangyan Panda Base, Bifengxia Panda Base and Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base. Volunteers can enjoy worry-free package including private car, driver and tour guide, entrance tickets, sightseeing, etc. if you book the red panda volunteer program with us.
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