This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve, Wolong Town, Wenchuan County 623006 China
Notes: the Panda Holding Program was suspended recently. The panda volunteer program is still available.
In the early morning (6:40am), your tour guide & driver will pick you up from your hotel in Chengdu and then drive about 2 hours to the Wolong Panda Base.
Upon arrival to the panda base, you will get a uniform, gloves, and a volunteer’s card with the assistance of your guide. Your guide will introduce you to the professional panda keepers. The panda keepers can speak simple English but your guide will be there for you at all times, helping to translate and taking memorable photos of you with the lovable pandas.
Your volunteering program itinerary:
9:00am–10:00am Clean the panda enclosures
Panda keepers need to supply fresh bamboo to these national treasures three times each day. The pandas usually eat only 30% of the bamboo, wasting 70% of it. You will need to sweep out the leftovers, replace it with fresh bamboo, and clean out the feces.
10:00am–11:00am Take a break and tour around the panda base
Have a relaxing walk in the well-paved base and listen to the legendary stories of these pandas. You will also have a chance to meet four naughty red pandas.
11:00am–11:30am Feed a panda
Pandas are supplied with panda cakes, apples, and carrots four times a day. The panda keepers will show you how to feed a panda with your own hands at close proximity.
11:30am–1:00pm Have lunch and a rest in the base
1:00pm–2:00pm Watch a panda movie that lasts for about 40 minutes
You will see a special documentary about how the shy pandas mate, give birth, grow up, and are returned to the wild.
2:00pm–3:30pm More cleaning and feeding, and making panda’s cakes
The bamboo you supplied in the morning will have become dry by the afternoon. Remove it and replace it with fresh bamboo. Then feed the pandas with some more panda cakes and apples. Having fed the pandas with panda cakes, aren’t you curious as to how they are made? It is time to make some panda cakes with your own hands. The ingredients will be prepared in advance. Get creative about the shapes of the cakes.
3:30pm–4:00pm Get a certificate, and drive back to Chengdu
The volunteer work ends here and you will receive a certificate for this unforgettable day. Say goodbye to the pandas you take care of.
Your guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel in Chengdu.
Duration: 7 hours