On your first day, you’ll be briefed on what to expect throughout the project. Once in the field, you’ll receive training on how to monitor panda behavior, how to assess video materials, and how to take accurate research notes. You’ll also learn more about pandas and efforts to protect them.
At the Ya’an Bifengxia base, you’ll help monitor and record the daily behavior of semicaptive pandas. You’ll help prepare their food (bamboo) and keep their living quarters clean. You’ll also code video materials of pandas being conditioned for possible reintroduction into the wild. You’ll learn how to categorize the behavior of these trainee pandas to evaluate how prepared they are to survive outside the panda base.
Your help will contribute to increasing the world’s population of captive pandas—which we need to ensure the survival of the species in the future—and ultimately to the long-term goal of strategic release of captive pandas into the wild.
On most evenings you’ll have personal time after dinner. You may choose to relax at the hotel, or to explore the area within walking distance, which includes local markets, bars, and restaurants.
Note: Field conditions and research needs can lead to changes in the itinerary and activities. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.