PrivateOne-day Panda Rescue Center Volunteer Program
8 Hours1 - 5Private VehicleChengduEnglish, Español, Français, Deutsch, русский язык
Ensure that the adorable Giant Panda continues to prosper through your help as a volunteer. Get a chance to be a panda keeper for a day at the Dujiangyan Panda Research Base.
Why you'll love this trip
Skip the line to tour around the Dujiangyan Panda Base
Feed a panda with your own hands at a very close distance
Clean the enclosure for pandas
Make panda cakes in different shapes
Learn pandas’ living habits and become a panda protector
Overview of the Program (in the Morning)
This panda rescue center volunteer program, an immensely popular option, is thoughtfully and professionally arranged for panda lovers. In the morning, your packed schedule starts from your private pick-up in your hotel lobby. Once you arrive at the Dujiangyan Panda Base, one of the biggest and most renowned habitats of giant pandas, you will be introduced to the professional panda keepers. Begin your work by cleaning the enclosures and feeding pandas. After, take a break to tour around the panda base and enjoy lunch.
Overview of the Program (in the Afternoon)
In the afternoon, your work and activities include watching a movie telling the life cycle of pandas, making panda cakes, enclosure cleaning, and panda feeding. Come get up close with giant pandas!
Orientation for Beginners
Your guide will pick you up in your hotel lobby at the suggested time. Upon arriving at the Dujiangyan Panda Base, you will sign up with the assistance of your guide. Get a uniform, gloves, and a volunteer’s card. Your guide will introduce you to the professional panda keepers. Your guide will be there for you the whole, helping with translation and taking memorable photos of you with the lovable pandas.
Clean the Panda Enclosures
Panda keepers need to supply fresh bamboo to these national treasures three times a day. The pandas usually eat only 30% of the bamboo, wasting 70% of it. You need to sweep out the leftovers and replace it with fresh bamboo, as well as clean out the feces.
Visit the Panda Base
Take a break and tour around the panda base. There are about 10 pandas in the base and some of them were born abroad, including the most popular Tai Shan and Bao Bao, who returned from the U.S. Have a relaxing walk around the well-paved base and listen to the legendary stories about these pandas. You will also have a chance to meet four naughty red pandas.
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.
Have Lunch and Relax
A simple Chinese lunch is included in the panda keepers’ canteen. Usually there are two meat dishes and one vegetable dish. Rice and porridge are also provided. It is highly recommended for you to prepare some snacks in case you do not like the food there. After lunch, you can walk around to continue exploring or have a rest in the volunteer office or resting room, where benches are provided.
More Cleaning and Feeding.
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.
Make Panda Cakes
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.
Picture with a Panda（Optional）
This donation program allowing you to take pictures with a panda for about 10 seconds is not included in the Panda Keeper Program. The donation amount is CNY1,800 per person. Only 20 tourists are allowed to take close- up photos with pandas each day. If interested, please book as early as possible. Remember to take enough CNY cash, as payment by a non-Chinese credit card is not accepted there.
Get a Certificate
The volunteer work ends here and you will receive a certificate for this unforgettable day. Say goodbye to the pandas you took care of. Your guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel in Chengdu and you will arrive at around 5:30pm.
Entrance fee and Volunteering fee
Hotel pickup and drop-off in an air-conditioned vehicle
Guide Service & driver gratuities (Recommended)
The volunteering program has a very limited quota, please try to order as early as possible，and at least three days in advance.
For the volunteering program, the participants need to be between 12-65 years old, and hand over a health form and application form in advance（after you booked, we will send you the form samples).
During the program, you can take photos of the pandas or your private guide can help take photos for you when you are working. But if you want to take close-up photos with pandas, it needs extra cost (RMB 1800 pp, be paid on the spot )
Rescheduling and Cancellation Policy
You can reschedule or cancel your trip at zero cost up to 5 days before your travel date.
This is the price for standard volunteering. If you want to get an upgrade to volunteering with baby panda, please inform us after placing your order. We'll arrange that for you. You can pay the extra costs on the day of your tour.