Get the special opportunity to volunteer at one of China's top panda rehabilitation programs, Dujianyan Panda Base, on this full-day experience from Chengdu. Under the supervision of the center's staff, make panda food, clean the enclosures, feed the pandas snacks, and more. Buffet lunch and round-trip transportation from your Chengdu hotel are included.
Day trip to volunteer at the Dujiangyan Panda Base
Help the staff clean enclosures and prepare food for the pandas
Learn about the center's rescue and rehabilitation efforts
Screening of National Geographic documentary on releasing pandas back to the wild
Round-trip transportation from Chengdu hotels and buffet lunch included
Begin your day with pickup at your Chengdu hotel, then travel to Shiquiao Village, where the Dujiangyan Panda Base is located. Once you arrive at the panda base, meet the staff and change into a volunteer outfit. Get an orientation about the facility's history and its mission: the study of disease control and rescue of wild pandas. The base is home to around 40 pandas, including the well-known Tai Shan. Spend the day preparing food for the pandas and cleaning their enclosures, cracking bamboo for them, and feeding them snacks. Learn about panda biology and behavior, as well as what you can do to further conservation efforts for this endangered species. Volunteers should come prepared for a full day of work; daily volunteer count is limited to 30 participants, and a certificate of health is required. Midday, take a break for a Chinese buffet lunch, and then try the panda tea while learning more about panda. Depart for the return trip to Chengdu and drop-off at your original departure point. Note: it is prohibited to hold or touch the pandas.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Volunteer panda day trip
, Mar 2019
Great day out .for people wanting to do more with the pandas and away from the busy local parks.
A touch expensive but it’s a one off trip.
The guide was amazing her English was superb, her general knowledge about China was great.
This trip is for individuals, couples or families.
Picked up from hotel by guide Andy and spent a great day with him at the Wolong Panda Research Base as "volunteer" Panda keepers. Was able to clean the Panda enclosures, prepare their Panda Bread and feed them by hand up close. Lots of opportunities to observe them in the preserve as well. Included a delicious lunch with the other Panda keepers. A most memorable experience that we will never forget. The tour organized by Alvin through MyPanda Tours is highly recommended. Well-organized, planned and executed.
Visiting the Panda Base at Dujiangyan was the highlight of our 2 week visit to China. Seeing this beautiful animals so close its a fascinating experience. By volunteering for a day you become a part of a global effort to to save this endangered species. But most important is a proof that if humanity wants, it can be done!
We had an amazing day with Alvin. From the moment he picked us up, he was incredibly friendly and knowledgable. During the day, when we had down time he took us to see all the other pandas and talked us through some specifics about them. He works with them so regularly that they recognize him and he knows their personalities. It was really fun to volunteer and get right next to the pandas! It was such a fun day and the pandas are just so wonderful! Thank you so much Alvin! We love you!
Make sure Alvin is your guide! He is the founder of My Panda Tour and really gets what people want. He understood that we don't get to see pandas every day and went out of his way to make sure we spent as much time around them as possible. He also focused on the stories of each panda and built emotional connections between them and the other people I volunteered with. Run, do not walk, to sign up for this tour.
I was traveling alone when I signed up this trip and I was a bit of worried before the trip! Yet it turned out to be a fantastic trip. Thanks to Alvin, he was one of the best private tour guides with passion and detail oriented! Very knowledgeable on Pandas! Alvin 服務很棒、既熱心又有服務熱忱，解說也很詳盡喔！
This is a great way to see the Pandas and how they live behind the scenes. I would skip the panda holding, but the panda feeding is pretty amazing. This comes with a driver, and in my case an amazing guide. Thanks Alex Xia!
This was a really great experience. It's almost a day long but not at all strenuous and you get to do quite a few things - clean the panda enclosures, feed them, help prepare food for them including smashing bamboos, interact with the staff at the base who are really friendly, and watch a video on the panda conservation along with good food. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing and learned a lot about these beautiful and cute animals. I would definitely recommend this to everyone.
My day started with Alvin picking me up at the hotel. I had planned this trip alone and was joined by one more of his guest. He is an amazing guide to have, very knowledgeable and personable, extremely passionate about pandas and a great host and storyteller. He made our 1.5-hour ride to the base feel like 15 min. He also took us to the best Wonton place in town.
Thank you and a loud shout to Alvin and the entire staff at Dujiangyan Panda Base on their efforts for this noble cause
This day was everything I had hoped for and more. My guide Alvin was so friendly and knowledgable about pandas. He was great company for the day. All the staff were very welcoming and supportive. I carried out all my panda keeper duties with careful and thorough explanation from the panda keepers. I learnt a great detail but also had a lot of fun. The setting is breathtaking and the centre not commercial at all. I got to spend a lot of time just observing different pandas and was able to take lots of photos. The day went far too quickly. My highlight was being able to meet a panda by making the suggested donation. Even though it is expensive it is brilliantly orchestrated and worth the money totally. The entire day was a complete success and went far too quickly. I highly recommend it and I would love to return. Thank you.