Pandas are some of the most adorable animals on Earth, with their unique and cute looks. They seem so large and formidable, yet gentle and lovable at the same time.
Although pandas bring us joy, it’s really sad to discover that they’re actually endangered and, according to the latest census in 2014, have a population of only 1,864. Since these creatures are considered a national treasure in China, The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a non-profit breeding and research facility for giant pandas and other endangered animals was founded in 1987 in Chengdu, China, with the aim to keep this beautiful species alive, and increase their population.
When the facility was first built, it only housed six rescue pandas. Today, close to a hundred pandas are born in The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding each year. This modern and world-class panda “daycare” uses the best and safest ways to increase their population, since female pandas only give birth to one cub every two years.
There are other panda bases in China, and some of them, like the Dujiangyan and Wolong bases are now accepting daily volunteers to help take care of pandas, cleaning and feeding them, and it’s probably the experience of a lifetime.