2-Day Panda Keeper Program at Wolong Nature Reserve
Tour Type : Private Tour
Best Season : All seasons
Tour Theme :
From $589 USD p/p
How would you like a panda as a pet? Sorry to say, because of their rarity and the high costs of feeding them, it’s not going to happen.
How about the next best thing? You can be a panda keeper in China!
When you visit China, being a panda keeper should be on your hit-list, as it is something you can only ever do in China. Who doesn’t like those cute round buddies? As a panda keeper, you can get to know more about pandas and get to know some pandas!
Visit pandas in their real homeland
Take care of pandas: prepare their food and feed them and clean their houses
Receive a unique certificate showing you were a Panda Keeper
Airport Transfer (Chengdu), Our guide and driver will escort you from Chengdu to Wolong,
Welcome to the Garden of Eden for Giant Pandas. Our English-speaking guide will be waiting for you at the arrivals hall in the hotel, airport or railway station. Don’t worry about being late. This is your private tour, and your guide will wait for you until you arrive.
Your guide and an experienced driver will then transfer you to your accommodation near the panda base. It takes about 2.5 hours to drive the 130 kilometers.
Panda Keeper Program at Wolong Gengda Panda Research Center, Our guide and driver will escort you from Wolong to Chengdu
Being a panda keeper, you can get to know more about this endangered species, and take care of pandas under the guidance of experienced staff.
At about 8:30, you will arrive at the program center at Wolong Panda Nature Reserve and sign up. Get your volunteer pass, and a working uniform and gloves. The pandas will be awake at the moment and you will start the Panda Keeper program and learn how to take care of them, with the assistance of your guide.
A professional panda keeper will tell you the relevant procedures. Your guide will be there at all times, to translate for you and to take photos for you, to record your special experience. You will clean the enclosure of the giant pandas and take out the old bamboo under the guidance of a professional panda keeper. Feed the pandas with fresh bamboo, cakes, apples and carrot.
You earn your lunch by taking care of pandas. Lunch will start around 11:30 at a staff restaurant of the Base. You can prepare food in advance in case you don’t like the food there. After lunch, you can have a short rest in the office, or wander around the base.
The program will recommence in the afternoon at about 13:00. Then you will watch a panda movie, lasting 30 minutes. You will learn how pandas mate, give birth, grow up and train in the wild. Clean the enclosure of the giant pandas and take out the old bamboo that you took there in the morning. Feed the pandas with more fresh bamboo, cakes, apples and carrots.
After that, you will learn about what ingredients are needed for the cakes for pandas, and how to make the cakes yourself, with the help of the staff. You can make any shape you want. Ingredients will be prepared in advance.
If you take very good care of them, you will receive a panda keeper certificate. Your panda keeper day ends at around 3:30 pm.
You will then drive back to Chengdu and arrive at about 6 pm. If you need to transfer to the airport, just let us know.
Good to Know
There is a daily quota for the number of Panda Keepers. Please inquire and make reservations well in advance.
?If you would like to add days or attractions, like visiting Chengdu, the Leshan Giant Buddha, E’mei Mountain or Jiuzhai Valley, please feel free to mention to us.
Cuddle a Panda for Photos
If you would like to cuddle a panda for photos, you need to pay a donation. Photos are now organized at the Wolong, Dujiangyan and Bifengxia Panda Bases, and the standard donation is CNY 1,800 or $270 USD per person.
The donation program allows you to cuddle a panda for about 30 seconds. This is not included in the Panda Keeper Program.
A daily quota of about 20 tourists is allowed to cuddle the pandas. If you’d like to sign up for this, please tell your travel advisor well in advance. We need to book at least one week in advance.
The program is, however, subject to change according to the availability of pandas on the day. Please bring enough cash in RMB, as credit cards are not accepted there.
What's Included & Excluded
Meals listed in the itinerary.
Private English-speaking guide and driver.
Hotels listed in the itinerary.
Service Charge & Taxes.
China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
China Entry Visa Fees.
Excess Baggage Charges.
Any meals that are not mentioned in the tour itinerary.
Single Room Supplement.
Our local experts are always ready to create you a hassle-free tour. Get an authentic experience by contacting one of our travel advisors.