Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

More info on Wolong Panda Center

As you may have read already in our travel schedule, Greg & I are spending 4 weeks volunteering full time at the Wolong Panda Breeding and Research Center near Chengdu.  I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about this.  We planned all along to spend a month of our China time volunteering somewhere and this is the perfect opportunity for both of us.  It will also help me to pick up a little more Chinese, I hope…

Here is an interesting article in National Geographic that talks about Panda breeding at Wolong and elsewhere.

The month of August, this will be Greg and I everyday!

Of course, for every 5 minutes spent with a baby panda, we must scoop panda dung for 6 hours or something like that… 😉 

Check out this photo of the Wolong panda nursery.  So cute!  So exciting!

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June 12, 2007 - Posted by | Chengdu, China

8 Comments »

  1. Francie & Greg,

    That sounds like a lot of fun. A sad news article you may have missed on Wolong and releasing pandas raised in captivity.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article1864604.ece

    Comment by David | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  2. they look like little furry aliens

    Comment by jolifanta | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  3. Thanks for linking this article in David. Francie and I were just talking about this incident five minutes ago because the new Hong Kong ‘Time’ magazine has a quote from this story.

    The National Geographic article “Panda, Inc” is very interesting as well because, although Wolong hasn’t been successful with releasing into the wild, they are now very successful with breeding. They now have enough panda’s in captivity to ensure genetic variation for the species’ survival.

    Comment by Greg Martinez | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  4. OH!!!!!!! Panda heaven!!!!

    Comment by Cynthia | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  5. oooooo i want to squeeze them till their eyes pop out!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by James Wold of Minneapolis, MN | November 25, 2007 | Reply

  6. Myself and my daughter are currently planning our volunteer trip for later this year or early 2010. What time of the year do you think it best to travel there? We were planning on December 2009, but the weather is freezing at that time.

    We intend to do a 11 day volunteer trip in Bifengxia Panda Bear Base and staying in Xiaoxitian hostel. I don’t suppose you have any thoughs on that?

    Any other information would greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks

    Billie-Jane (South Australia)

    Comment by Billie-Jane Morrison | January 8, 2009 | Reply

  7. You guys are so luckey to be able to get that experience with baby pandas!!!Pandas are one of my favorit animals and when i grow up i want to volinter and work with baby pandas!

    Comment by megan | June 6, 2009 | Reply

  8. helo iam here because i want to now about pandas.
    so please tel me about pandas.

    Comment by jasmin | November 13, 2010 | Reply


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