Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

Day #2 at Panda City

At Wolong today, Greg & I got to continue our feeding and cleaning routine of Haizi and Lingling, plus we got to observe Haizi getting an ultrasound! (she is pregnant with twins)  All I can say is, it’s good to be a volunteer at Wolong.  You might be wondering how they get a 200 lb. panda to lie still long enough for an ultrasound…  it turns out that the pandas are trained from a young age to do things that facilitate necessary medical procedures such as injections and blood draws.  For Haizi’s unltrasound today, the keeper lured her into a special small cage and then asked her to lie on her back, grip the bars of the cage in her paws, and lean her head back.  She was then distracted by the keeper feeding her apple bits one by one and the vetrinarians were able to do their work on her tummy.  They don’t really know when Haizi will give birth, but it sure would be neat if she had her cubs while Greg and I were here.

Here’s a photo of the ultrasound in progress:

The other highlight of our panda-riffic day was watching the 1-year olds and their antics.  There are 16 of them at Wolong split between two separate enclosures.  They spend their days wrestling with each other, honing their climbing skills, running around, and sleeping.  Sounds like a good time to me.

There’s nothing to do in Wolong other than work at the panda center so that’s all we’ve got going on at the moment.  We’ll see what tomorrow brings…


July 31, 2007 - Posted by | China, Panda, Wildlife, Wolong


  1. Where are you staying in Wolong?

    Comment by Chet | July 31, 2007 | Reply

  2. uhhh…i don’t know how to tell you guys this, but one of those pandas is clearly an exhibitionist…and you’ve posted panda porn. 🙂

    Comment by Roger and Libby | August 1, 2007 | Reply

  3. We actually don’t know the name of the place we’re staying (no english sign, they don’t speak english), but it is right on the main road through Wolong village. Most of the other folks we’ve met who are volunteering are staying at the Wolong Hotel. It seems like an ok place, although it’s too expensive for our budget (about $60/night).

    Comment by francie | August 1, 2007 | Reply

  4. Actually, our place is on the right (after Wolong Hotel) and it has the words, in english, “Hotel Resturant”. We have talked them down to 70 RMB a night (9.50$ USD).

    Comment by Greg Martinez | August 1, 2007 | Reply

  5. How do you get to the Centre everyday? I was initially booked into Panda Inn which is apparently almost next door to the Centre but it’s closed for renovations and I’ve been upgraded to Wolong Hotel at no extra cost. I was told I need to book a taxi to take me to and from the Centre and the cost is approximately 80 RMB roundtrip.

    Comment by Chet | August 1, 2007 | Reply

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