Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

The world's biggest conservation centre for Giant Pandas lies just 10km from Chengdu city centre. Founded in 1987 and opened to the public in 1995, the "Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding" was built with the aim of conserving the Panda population and other endangered species in China. Sichuan province is the home for 80% of the worlds remaining Giant Pandas living in the wild. There is thought to be only around 1000 left and the rest are in Gansu and Shanxi. The base is very popular for people who want the chance to see a Giant Panda and see how the elusive animal lives.

The Base is not just a simple panda conserve; it is a world class centre for research and education about Pandas and other endangered species. Since its establishment the base has won many awards for its conservation and research accomplishments. From beginning with just 6 Pandas in the 1980`s, the number has rose to around 90 resident Pandas at present. This number changes as the base co-operates with other conserves and zoos worldwide.

Built on about 100 acres of land, the base has - the panda's habitat, a Museum, research laboratories and an educational centre. Also bred there are a number of other endangered species including Red Pandas and Black Necked Cranes. The museum was built educate visitors of the Pandas, and of other species plight, trying to survive in their ever decreasing habitat because of human influence.

The base is hugely committed to conservation education. There is a purpose-built education department where conservation programmes are developed and the base holds camps and workshops for Pandas and other wildlife conservation awareness. It is a wonderful experience to witness these beautiful creatures and the Panda Base provides the perfect opportunity.