1 Day Panda Keeper Volunteer Work

Tour Route: Chengdu

Located about 65km from downtown Chengdu, about 1.5 hours by driving, Dujiangyan Panda Base is now the only place where can do volunteer work and hold panda for photos. By taking this volunteer work, you will be able to take care of panda, be more familiar with Giant Pandas’ habits and lifestyle, and will enjoy the once-in-lifetime experience.

Private Tour
Day 1 Chengdu

Located about 65km from downtown Chengdu, about 1.5 hours by driving, Dujiangyan Panda Base is now the only place where can do volunteer work and hold panda for photos. By taking this volunteer work, you will be able to take care of panda, be more familiar with Giant Pandas’ habits and lifestyle, and will enjoy the once-in-lifetime experience.

7:00am pick up from hotel
In the early morning at about 7:00am, our guide and driver will pick you up at your Chengdu hotel and drive 1.5 hours to Dujiangyan Panda Base to fulfill your once-in-lifetime panda volunteer work.

08:30am-09:00am Sign up for the program
Arrive at Dujiangyan Panda Base around 08:30 am. Sign up and get work clothes and gloves, wear volunteer pass card before go the work place. You will be led by experienced keepers and told some matters needing attention.

09:00am-10:00am Panda Keeper work
Clean the Panda enclosures, carrying out old bamboos, picking up droppings, carrying in fresh bamboos leaves and shoots, etc.

10:00am-11:00am Break time & Tour the base
Take a break and tour around the panda base. Relax working in the base, you can find more pandas and even have the chance to find the red pandas.

11:00am-11:30am Feed the panda
Feed the panda with cake and other food like carrot, bamboo shoot and apple. You can feed the panda with your own hands!

11:30am-1:00pm Lunch Time
One simple Chinese lunch is included in the canteen. Normally, it’s 3 simple dishes with rice. Remember to bring some snacks if you don’t like the food. Take some rest after the lunch.

1:00pm-2:00pm Watch Panda Documentary
Watch a panda documentary that shows the biological aspects about the Giant Panda: how shy the panda mate, give birth and grow up, etc.

2:00pm-3:00pm Feed the panda
Clean the panda enclosure and feed the panda again.

3:00pm-3:30pm Make panda cakes
Make the panda’s cake by your own hands, the ingredients will be prepared in advance.

3:30pm-4:00pm Finish Volunteer Work
After the day’s panda volunteer experience, you’ll receive the panda volunteer certificate and souvenirs. Then say goodbye to the cuddly creatures. Get back to your Chengdu hotel at about 5:30pm

Please Note:
1. There is a daily quota of 30 volunteers for panda keeper in Dujiangyan Panda Base based on 2016. We keep the right to make alteration on the itinerary if the policy changed during the summer holiday in 2017. We will make our best efforts to ensure this day is special for you.
2. There is an age restriction of 12-65 years old that can do the volunteer work. If your children are under 12 year old, you can still take them with you during the program, they can’t enter the room where the panda cage is but can stand at the gate to watch you feed the panda.
3. If you can do the volunteer work, you need to provide a simple health certificate (valid medical certificate and signature which could apply it in your county or in China) that proves you are suitable to do the program.
4. In Dujiangyan Panda base, donation program that allow you to take pictures with a panda next to you for about one minute, the donation amount is RMB 1800 per person based on 2016. This is optional and not included in the price. There is also a daily quota of 30 persons can do this program, please contact your trip consultant if you want to do it.

Meals: Lunch
Travel Period 2-5 travelers 6-9 travelers
Dec.1- Feb.28 US$255 US$189
Mar.1- Nov.30 US$255 US$189

1.Entrance to the scenic spots listed in the itinerary
2.Private transfers between your Chengdu hotel and the spot
3.Excellent English-speaking tour guide.
4.Simple lunch
5.Panda Keeper Program fee


1.Tips to guide and driver
2. Holding Panda fee 

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