Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

First day at Panda-ville!

Today was our first day volunteering at the Wolong Giant Panda Breeding & Research Center.  Our duties consist mostly of keeping 2 pandas (Ling Ling & Haizi) well fed, which makes for a relaxing day as far as full-time volunteer work goes.  You may think feeding would be boring, but it does not just consist of sticking giant piles of bamboo into their enclosures.  Ling Ling for example, gets hand fed special biscuits, one bite at a time.  (which means me, francie, gets to touch a giant panda tongue!!!).  The other panda, Haizi, is pregnant and could theoretically give birth while we are here.  Speaking of which, another panda at the center, Hua Mei (who, coincidentally, used to live at the San Diego Zoo), gave birth to twins just 2 weeks ago!  Because we get to go ‘behind the scenes’ we can to see her with 1 of her babies and see the other one lying in the incubator in the panda nursury.   Double sweet!  🙂

Sadly, the computers at the 1 place in town with internet access do not work with Greg’s digicam, so it’s gonna be several weeks before we post any photos of cute baby pandas.   But when we do finally get them up, I promise they are going to be totally RAD!

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July 30, 2007 - Posted by | China, Panda, Travel, Wildlife, Wolong

2 Comments »

  1. I will be in Wolong in early September. Will be back here to read your entries, and appreciate any tips as I will be volunteering, too. Thanks.

    Comment by Chet | July 30, 2007 | Reply

  2. What a treat to see your blog and read about your panda volunteer duties. I am returning to Chengdu in the spring for my full adoption of a panda baby there and volunteering as well. It’s such an exciting thing to be able to to hands on work with them isn’t it?

    Thanks for sharing and I now have your blog bookmarked. May your travels be safe!!!

    Sandra Miller

    Comment by Sandra | July 31, 2007 | Reply


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