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Volunteer with the Giant Panda in China is a wonderful experience. The Giant Panda is one of the most endangered animals in the world. With our program you can help in the conservation work of the Giant Panda by volunteering at the Bifengxia Panda Base in China! It is a unique chance to cuddle the giant pandas, not only watch them in the zoo.

With the recent Sichuan earthquake - a very popular travel destination was badly damaged and removed from the tourist route - The Wolong Panda Center. Because of this disaster the majority of the Pandas at Wolong needed to be re-homed - so they were transported to the Bi Feng Xia center near Ya'an - a city that's just over a 100 motorway kilometers from Chengdu.


How many pandas are left in the world?
China currently has about 1,000 giant pandas in the wild, most of them living on the mountains around the Sichuan Basin, southwest China according to the Ministry of Forestry.

What is the life span of a giant panda?
The average life span of the giant panda, in the wild is about 15 years, but in captivity they have been known to live well into their 20's and rarely into their 30's.

Why are giant pandas endangered?
Habitat encroachment and destruction are the greatest threats to the continued existence of the giant panda. This is mainly because of the demand for land and natural resources by China's one billion plus inhabitants. In addition giant pandas are also susceptible to poaching, or illegal killing, as their dense fur carries a high price in the black markets in the Far East.