What is the difference of the Panda bases?
Guideline of the Panda Base in Sichuan.
I.China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP), it was established with the effort of both WWF and the Chinese government in June 1980. Is serves the purpose of breeding, rescuing, and reintroducing the pandas to the wild. It’s the first organisation focused on Panda conservation and habitat protection. There are three facilities belong to the organization, Wolong Panda Base(中华大熊猫苑), Dujianyan Panda Base (都江堰熊猫乐园), and Bifengxia Panda Base(碧峰峡熊猫基地). All of these facilities offer Panda volunteering. They just celebrated the birth of a record 42 panda cubs in October 2017.
a. Wolong Panda Base(中华大熊猫苑), a panda base was built after 2008 earthquake. It’s located in Shenshuping of Gengda Town which is about 2 hrs drive from Chengdu city. The panda base serves the purpose of breeding and reintroducing the pandas to the wild. The scenery of the Panda base are stunning thanks to the Wolong Nature Reserve. There are about 60 pandas living in the base. The altitude of the base(1200m) is higher than the city, so the temperature is cooler here. It is a great destination for summer escape. There are three cubs that are born in 2016, Chu Xin, Jia Rei aka Jerry, and Pan Niu.
b.Dujianyan Panda Base (都江堰熊猫乐园), one of the most popular panda base since it’s close to Chengdu city (1.5hr drive). The Panda base was built in 2014. It is dedicated to the study of disease control and rescue of wild pandas. Also it’s a home of many celebrity pandas whom born oversea, like Bao Bao and Tai Shan from Washington D.C. There are about 45 pandas reside in the base.
c.Bifengxia Panda Base(碧峰峡熊猫基地), it was built in 2003 which makes the best vegetation with clean air and water. It serves the purpose of breeding and nursing. It’s about 2hrs drive from Chengdu city.
II.Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding or simply Chengdu Panda Base, it was found in 1987 with 6 pandas rescued from the wild. There are two facilities that located in Chengdu and Dujiangyan. Both facilities DON'T offer Panda volunteering and Panda photo taking.
a.Chengdu Panda Base, since the Panda base located within the city, it has become the most popular Panda base in the world. There are more than 160 giant pandas and red pandas reside in the base. It serves as conservation education center and breeding facility for giant pandas. There are some America-born pandas are living here. Pandas like Mei Lun, and Mei Huan thank to the partnership with Zoo Atlanta.
b.Panda Valley, a branch located in Dujiangyan. It serves the purpose of studying reintroduce pandas to the wild. There are only about 16 pandas reside in Panda Valley now.