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Private Dujiangyan Panda Base Panda Rescue Center Volunteer for a Day

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Chengdu, China
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icon7 to 8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Get up close to giant pandas during a private tour of the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center from Chengdu. Volunteer alongside dedicated animal keepers to record behavior, clean enclosures and prepare food for the adorable mammals. Ensure the endangered species continue to prosper in the wild and in enclosures with your valued support and gain fascinating insight into the behavior and physiology of the animals. Capture photgraphs with the pandas to immortalize you memories (own expense) and enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch and convenient round-trip transportation on this tour.
  • Private full-day volunteer tour at the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center
  • Learn to record panda activities as you observe the behavior of China's favorite bears
  • Support the staff with their cleaning and feeding duties at the non-profit research facility
  • Spend free time touring the area with your knowledgeable guide
  • Enjoy lunch at the on-site cafeteria
  • Round-trip hotel transport by private vehicle from Chengdu included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Volunteer and donation fees
Professional English-speaking guide
Entry/Admission - Dujiangyan Panda Center
Buffet lunch
Honorary certificate and souvenir from Panda Center
Private comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure point: Free picking up service from your city hotel or residence in Chengdu (all hotels within 3rd Ring Road), if you stay outside the 3rd Ring Road, then need to be picked up at the main gate of Wuhouci, or please contact us in advance to arrange to be picked up from your hotel or airport and pay extra cost to driver.
Return point: Returns to original departure point or can be drop-off at the city center.

Departure Time

7:30 AM
Depart from your Chengdu hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and enjoy the scenic drive to the non-profit research center, located at the foot of a sacred mountain. Transfer to an excursion bus and ascend to the site’s summit to observe resident pandas co-existing happily in replicas of their natural habitats. 

Greet the professional panda keepers and listen to a short orientation sessions, in which the day’s itinerary is outlined. Participate in your first feeding session, preparing fruit, vegetables and special panda cakes and feeding them to the majestic mammals. Revitalize with a traditional lunch after the fist few hours of volunteering, then spend an hour strolling the gorgeous gardens of the enclosures. 

Return to your duties by cleaning indoor and outdoor panda enclosures and recording their behavior and weight. After feeding the pandas a second time, explore the panda center at leisure; use the computers and watch adorable panda videos at the volunteer service centre if you wish. 

After a busy day of volunteering, receive a complimentary t-shirt and certificate that congratulates your valuable contribution to nature. Return to your hotel in a private vehicle with magical memories of your day.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Dujiangyan Panda Base
Meet your friendly English-speaking guide at your hotel lobby. After 1.5 h driving, start your exciting full day trip at Dujiangyan panda center. Work with the keepers to clean up the enclosure for these lovely and special national treasure, prepare nutritious food for them, visit the giant pandas of all ages and see adorable red pandas here. It will be once in your lifetime memorable experience to actually help these wonderful and rare animals.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Samtour of Chengdu OTC Travel

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  • "This was definitely a once in a lifetime experience and though expensive, well worth it for panda lovers." See review
  • "There were many tours on offer all at different prices." See review

Reviews

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Once in a life time trip
HayleyAbc
, Dec 2019
arrived at Wolong panda centre and was quickly put to work cleaning up the enclosure (removing bamboo & scooping poo) whilst a hungry panda watched my every move. It was great to see how well looked after they are. After cleaning, had the chance to feed a panda before wandering the centre and watching the pandas do their thing. I then got to feed a baby panda and pat it (omg cuteness overload). Then more walking around the centre before lunch at the staff canteen (delicious food). After lunch I learnt how to make panda cakes before going back to feed the panda and baby panda again before heading home. This was definitely a once in a lifetime experience and though expensive, well worth it for panda lovers. Highly recommend
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A great day but overpriced
Belinda S
, May 2019
The overall experience was great. I had a guide “Worley” who was an absolute delight. A fountain of knowledge, a real chatter box and good English. I learnt a lot, not just about the Pandas but many things about China and Chinese life in general. However it was way too expensive. I paid almost US$400 for one person! It was worth it at $200. The Booking system was misrepresented as it advertises one price and is not even close when you click on it. I know it said “from” and certain aspects increase the price, but this was almost double! And no explanation given why! There were many tours on offer all at different prices. It was quite confusing.
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MY two daughters really enjoyed this...
Bryan B
, Jul 2018
MY two daughters really enjoyed this experience. Feeding the pandas was amazing and we were really able to get close to them for some great pictures. I have always loved bears so it was wonderful to see what goes into taking care of them here. We actually wish there would have been a bit more work for us to do. It seems they have so many tourists coming through for this that there really isn't enough work to do. My other concern is also that they advertise these Pandas are being treated to be released back into the wild, however we saw no signs that they would be released. It appears they are only being kept for breeding purposes and to raise money from the tourists. All in all it was still a good experience and we are happy to help contribute to keeping the Panda Breed thriving.
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This is an amazing opportunity to be...
Elaine T
, Jan 2018
This is an amazing opportunity to be so close to pandas. I couldn't believe I would be face-to-face with a panda, so close that I could feel their breath while feeding them. All the chores we performed were easy and fun. Our super guide, Jenny, was very knowledgeable of the Panda Center as well as Chengdu. Sam, from Samtour, always responded quickly to all of my questions. Thank you Jenny and Sam for making our visit so magical and memorable.
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This was a breathtaking experience...
Matthew C
, Nov 2017
This was a breathtaking experience. Special thanks to my tour guide, Jenny. She and the driver picked me up from my hotel in Chengdu City and drove me 90 minutes away. Jenny was with me the entire day and took amazing photos and videos of meshe wasnt allowed to come pet/hug the panda with me, but the staff took photos and videos for me with my iPhone. Volunteer work was easy and not demanding at all. Great exposure to the pandas and seeing truly a magical place.
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This was a great experience. You do...
Donna V
, Nov 2017
This was a great experience. You do get up close and personal with the pandas and the knowledgeable panda keepers. The buffet lunch is local food and fantastic. The guide and driver made this experience exceptional Thank you Worlay and Mister Pan. I would recommend this to any panda or animal lover and any US residents who want to see Bao Bao she looks great. Thanks Samtour, for a great day.
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Awesome and just the best thing...
Alison W
, Oct 2017
Awesome and just the best thing ever. This is a once in a life time chance and I enjoyed every moment. It was educational as well as fun. The lovely lunch was a bonus.
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My only complaint was the hot...
Elizabeth R
, Aug 2017
My only complaint was the hot polyester green shirt we had to wear. Everything else was perfect. Cleaning panda poo wasn't too hard and was interesting. Of course feeding the pandas was amazing. And surprisingly scary being so close to them. Plus they give you two chances to get the best pics possible. The hour long documentary is very interesting. And walking around the grounds and seeing pandas at play was awesome. We did have to wait in the office a couple times in between activities but we made friends with the other volunteers so we were never bored. And the Chinese cafeteria food was great and plentiful.
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I would give this tour higher rating...
Nancy O
, Jul 2017
I would give this tour higher rating if this was possible. The three of us who did the tour together, are still overwhelmed with the experience of working so closely with the pandas. Our guide took excellent pictures of our adventure.
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Would rate it 6 stars if possible...
trlosch
, May 2017
Would rate it 6 stars if possible. An amazing experience and one that shouldn't be missed. It isn't some lame just stand around and do nothing experience. You actively participate and it is fulfilling in many ways. This was the best thing my wife and I experienced during our visit.
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