Dujiangyan Panda Base Panda volunteer Work One Day Tour --PTNO-01
Dujiangyan Base for the Panda Keeper Program
Dujiangyan Panda Base offers volunteer programs that give visitors an opportunity to get closer contact with the cute giant pandas and understand their panda wilderness training program. During the program, participants work with Chinese panda staff to take care of the pandas.
take photo with panda Have your photo taken with a cute panda.The training base has a donation program allowing visitors to take a picture with a 1year-old panda, after donating 1,800 yuan. Only 20 visitors are allowed to take a picture with the panda a day.
In the morning, your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Chengdu. Your guide will call you at the hotel one day in advance or leave a message to double check the collection time with you.
Arrive at the Dujiangyan Panda Base and 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. 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.
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 will need to sweep out the leftovers and replace it with fresh bamboo, as well as clean out the feces.
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, who arrived from the U.S. in 2010. 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.
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 a rest. 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 the resting room, where benches are provided.
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.
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.
Get a certificate. The volunteer work ends here and you will receive a certificate for this unforgettable day. Say goodbye to the pandas you.
16:00 - 17:30
Your guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel in Chengdu and you will arrive at around 17:30.the end tour.
1. Panda Keeper Program
As the first tour company in China to operate the program, China Highlights has developed stable relationship with the Dujiangyan Panda Base. Sometimes the program is subject to change due to force majeure. Usually we are able to get the first-hand information that is very helpful for your tour arrangement. Your early booking is also useful to guarantee the availability of the program. Sometimes the activities listed in the description will be adjusted according to health condition of the pandas. Hope customers can understand this.
2. Children as Volunteers
The age restriction of volunteer is between 8 to 65 years old. Even though the pandas look harmless, they are carnivores. Parents must ensure that they prevent their children from coming into direct contact with the pandas.
If your children are between 2–10 years old, you can still take them with you during the program. Your guide will help to take care of them. The cost for children in this age group is around US$100 cheaper per person than the price for adults.If your children are under 2 years old and you take care of them throughout the day, no tour cost is needed.
3. Taking Photos with Panda
Photo with Panda
It costs as much as CNY100,000 (US$16,260) to raise one panda each month. A donation program that allows you to take pictures with a panda next to you for about one minute is not included in the Panda Keeper Program. It is only available in Dujiangyan Panda Base and the donation amount is CNY1,800 per person.Only 30 tourists are allowed to take close-up photos with pandas each day. If you would like to take part in this donation program, please tell your travel advisor in advance because we have to book it at least one week in advance. This program is subject to the availability of pandas on that day. Please take enough CNY cash, as payment by a non-Chinese credit card is not accepted there.
Per Person Prices:
If you 1 person: $250 /Person
If you 2 people: $230 /Person
If you 4 people: $220 /Person
If you 6 people: $210 /Person
If you 8 people: $200 /Person
Price include: transportation cost, panda base ticket, volunteer fee, clothing cost, English tour guide, lunch.
Price not include: the cost of holding panda photo.
Please note that the donation fee of CNY1,800 is not included in the quotation and you must take enough Chinese cash with you.If your time is limited, you can only join the activities in the morning. The price is the same.
Please note the photo program is totally depends on the availability of the pandas on that day. We will double check on the booking one day in advance and inform you as soon as there is any unexpected change.