Panda Volunteer & Internship in China 

Giant panda is the national treasure of China and one of the most threatened species on the planet. There are about 1600 left in the wild and about 376 giant pandas live in conservation breeding centers & zoos in the world. They are threatened by continued habitat loss and by a very low birthrate, both in the wild and in captivity. Education Abroad China provides the opportunity to be a part of this valuable conservation effort by taking volunteer or internship at the panda breeding centers.
The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) is the world’s first Giant Panda conservation and research center. It focuses on the giant panda’s habitat protection and carries out research on the Giant Panda’s behavior, ecology, breeding, propagation, nursery, biochemical physiology, incretion, inheritance, disease prevention, population monitoring and so forth.  Bifengxia Panda Base is a giant panda breeding facility in Ya'an, Sichuan Province for raising and breeding, protecting the species and increasing the panda population. It is the world's largest center for captive pandas, home to more than 100 of the animals.
Shaanxi Wild Animal Conservation Research Centre Shannxi is home to many of China's indigenous species such as Giant Pandas, Crested Ibis, Golden Monkey, Takin and the Brown-eared Pheasant. The centers purpose is to rescue injured or sick animals from the wild and to work to protect these species from extinction. The center was set up in 1987 and so far has rescued more than 300 animals from the wild, released about 160 wild animals and bred about 400 animals.
Panda Volunteer/ internship and Task 
Be volunteer or internship at the centers, you may gain firsthand knowledge of the habits and life cycle of the giant panda. You will have opportunities to observe and study the behaviors of giant panda. You will go to the Bifengxia Panda Base of CCRCGP or Shannxi Wild Animals Conservation and Research Center to experience Giant Panda feedings, management work and to know more about Giant Panda rescues and research.
Volunteer/Internship will take part in a structured program which includes training on the care of pandas and guidelines for working with pandas. Volunteer/Internship will be assigned as an assistant to a trainer, who will be able to answer your questions and instruct you in the care of pandas. There are some tasks that are routinely performed by volunteer/internship at the panda center:
1.       Cleaning panda areas and enclosures
2.       Cleaning general areas of the panda centers
3.       Preparing food for the pandas such as carrots, apples, panda bread and nutritional biscuits
4.       Chopping and carrying bamboo
5.       Helping observe, monitor and collect panda behavioral data 
Daily Working Routine
08:30       Cleaning pandas’ enclosures, both indoors and outdoors. Do first morning feeding: bamboo and panda cakes. Usually it takes more than one hour depending on weather conditions.
10:00-11:30     Second morning feeding: panda cakes, bamboo and carrots.
13:30        First afternoon feeding: panda cakes and carrots.
15:30        Second afternoon feeding: bamboo and panda cakes.
The timetable above is only a rough guide. Details will depend on the individual keeper. Sometimes the volunteer/internship will help the staff with weighing the pandas or training.
Usually there will be free time between two feedings. During that time you can walk around the base or carry out your own business.
Panda Volunteer/Internship Fee
Volunteer/Internship Duration
Fee/per person (US Dollar)
One Week
Two Weeks
Three Weeks
Four Weeks
The above price includes administration fee, registration fee, renting work clothes, airport pick up , accommodation (local hostel) and meals during volunteer placement period, and 24/7 Education Abroad China’s staff support as well as emergency management.
Please note: panda volunteer/internship can work shorter than one week or longer than four weeks. For additional information and fee, please contact:
2016 Panda Volunteer & Internship Programs
Tour Code
Depart Time
14 Mar.
28 Mar.
11 Apr.
25 Apr.
09 May
23 May
06 Jun.
20 Jun.
11 Jul.
25 Jul.
08 Aug.
22 Aug.
01 Aug.
19 Sep.
17 Oct.
31 Oct.
Please note the schedule above is tentative and subject to change if you have any special need. for details or any other questions please contact:
Transportation & accommodations
The Bifengxia Panda Base is located at Bifengxia Valley, about 16 km from Ya’an City, 150 km from Chengdu – the capital city of Sichuan Province. There are some hostels close to the panda base which are managed by local villagers. The facility of the hostel is relatively basic. Each room has a private bathroom with electric heater to provide hot water.
Shannxi Wild Animals Conservation and Research Center is situated in the southeast of Zhouzhi County, 80 km west of Xian – the capital of thirteen Dynasties in Chinese history. There are some hostels near the center managed by the local villagers. The hostel has bathrooms with western style toilets and hot water for showers.
Panda Volunteer/Internship Requirements
If you want to be a volunteer/internship at the conservation breeding centers, you must be 18 years or older. A medical certificate either from your home doctor or local doctor in China to declare that you are fit and healthy with no infectious diseases is necessary.  
Option Tour:
1.   Beijing One Day City Tour
Recommend: Great Wall & Forbidden City
- Tiananmen Square:  is said to be the largest public square in the world. It is 880 meters from north to south, and 500 meters from east to west, with a total area of 440,000 square meters and can hold one million people.
 - Forbidden City: the largest ancient imperial palaces where 24 emperors, 14 of the Ming and 10 of the Qing, ruled the country from here over a span of nearly 500 years. It takes pride in its precious collections of more than 900, 000 cultural and art objects.
- Mutianyu Great Wall: Mutianyu Great Wall was originally built during the Northern Qi Dynasty, used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs during the Ming Dynasty. Mountains here are densely covered by verdant plants and trees.
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2.    Xi’an One Day City Tour
Recommend: Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall & Big Wild Goose Pagoda
-Terracotta Warriors: Listed on UNESCO World Heritage Site, Terracotta Warriors and horses were buried with China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, to accompany him during his eternal rest at the age of 13 (in 246 BC).
-Ancient Xian City Wall: It is the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.
-Big Wild Goose Pagoda: The Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayan Ta),is a Buddhist pagoda built in 652 AD during the Tang Dynasty. It is built on the premises of the Temple of Great Maternal Grace (Da Ci'en), originally built in 589 AD and then rebuilt 647 AD by the Tang Emperor Gaozong in memory of his mother Empress Wende.
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3.   Chengdu One Day City Tour
Recommend: Ancient Irrigation works & Taoism Mountain 
- Dujiangyan Irrigation works: Dujiangyan is an irrigation infrastructure built in 256 BC during the Warring States period of China by the Kingdom of Qin. It is still in use today to irrigate over 5,300 square kilometers of land in the region. The Dujiangyan along with the Zhengguo Canal in Shaanxi Province and the Lingqu Canal in Guangxi Province are known as “The three great hydraulic engineering projects of the Qin Dynasty”.
-Qingchengshan Mountain: It is one of the most famous Taoist mountains in China, also a very attractive and intriguing scenic spot that is covered by luxuriant and verdant trees. The mountain, which is surrounded by numerous peaks and is shaped like a city, is dubbed 'the most peaceful and secluded mountain under heaven' and combines perfectly with its evergreen scenery.
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