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China Panda Breeding Centre

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China is a land of mesmerising and awe-inspiring contradictions. As the world’s oldest continuous civilisation, travel around China can lead you down a path of rich antiquity. Tempt yourself with out of this world flavours from tender Peking duck, sizzling meats in night markets and slurp down everlasting bowls of Lanzhou noodles. Enliven your senses by experiencing the sights, smells and tastes of this Asian treasure. 

Join this programme to be a part of the extraordinary work to help save China’s iconic panda species. Pandas find their home in the geographic and economic heart of China which is also home to millions of people. Habitat destruction, poaching and forest fragmentation have contributed to dramatically isolating panda populations. With less than 1600 pandas left in the wild this project is vital to ensure the species survival for future generations to enjoy. With your contribution to this project, you will be helping to preserve this national treasure of China.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Make lifelong friendships
  • Immerse yourself in true Chinese culture
  • Working with these adorable endangered animals!

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age 18 years
  • A medical form signed by your doctor is currently required for this project
Airport Pickup Emergency Ground Transport Hotel Meals Mountainous Terrestrial Wildlife CV
FAST FACTS
Location Bifengxia, China
Activities Feeding the pandas
Daily maintenance
Assist with the running of the park
Collect data
Medical examinations
Helping with the breeding programme
Transport Pick-up from the airport
Transport to & from the project site
Accommodation Hostel

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Local orientation and training
Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
Airport pick-up
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


 

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Today, the Giant Panda's future remains uncertain. This peaceful, bamboo-eating member of the bear family faces a number of threats. Its forest habitat, in the mountainous areas of southwest China, is fragmented and Giant Panda populations are small and isolated from each other. Meanwhile, poaching remains an ever-present threat.

Conservation efforts are being made both in the field, in creating national parks and trying to prevent further deforestation, and also by captive breeding programmes which aim to release pandas into the wild to help restore and maintain a healthy population. There are currently over 50 national parks in China that are home to wild pandas, but there are still pandas living outside these areas that are unprotected and vulnerable to further deforestation and the spread of humanity.

The Frontier-China Panda Conservation Project carries out research into all aspects of panda behaviour and aims to breed pandas and successfully release them into the wild when possible.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

You will be provided with introductory talks by the sanctuary staff to familiarise yourself with your surroundings and brief you on the work you will be doing. Work will include feeding the pandas and helping with general day-to-day maintenance work - cleaning the pandas' enclosures and taking care of any cubs. Giant Pandas are very strong and can be fierce, so you will not be able to handle them. It is sometimes possible to hold baby pandas, but the sanctuary usually charges an extra fee for this privilege. You will learn about all aspects of panda life and assist the centre staff with the feeding and everyday running of the park. As well as helping prepare the pandas' food you may also help the sanctuary scientists to collect valuable data about the behaviour of the pandas, which could ultimately benefit the wild populations in China.In addition to this you may be able to assist with medical examinations and breeding efforts. The average work day involves a 3-hour morning and a 2.5-hour afternoon shift. Entrance fees to the park are included in your contribution.

The success of the breeding programme is crucial to the conservation of pandas in China. Founded in 1980, the staff are experienced and professional and will ensure that your experience is rewarding and unforgettable.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

The project is based in Bifengxia, 16 kilometres from Ya'an and 150 kilometres from Chengdu, in Sichuan province. On arrival in China you will be met at Chengdu airport by our partners and transferred to your accommodation for the two-day orientation period. Following this orientation you will be transferred to the panda base for the remainder of your placement. At the end of your project you will be returned to Chengdu prior to your flight home. Please aim to depart after 2pm on the Saturday after your project concludes. If you depart earlier than this then you may need to cover the cost of earlier transport to Chengdu.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying in a simple local hostel set amidst forests and mountains, close to the sanctuary. You may be sharing a room depending on availability and will have a bathroom with hot water and with a Chinese-style toilet. This is the only accommodation in the area and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. There is a telephone and internet communication available at times at the panda base.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

During your stay you will be provided with three meals a day, which will be mainly authentic, local Chinese cuisine. This will be served at the accommodation where you are able to choose from a set menu. Other dishes may be available at extra cost.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

During your free time you can either relax in the tranquil countryside or, if you feel restless, explore the region and its many treasures, such as the city of Chengdu, with its exotic teahouses, or the rock carvings of Dazu, dating back nearly 1500 years. At the end of your placement you may be lucky enough to have your photo taken with your favourite panda cub before being swept off to the airport.

COSTS

1 week US$ 845

Extra week US$ 645

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly.  Please arrive on the Sunday.

DURATION

1 week +

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Chengdu (CTU)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.