Wolong National Natural Reserve (Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries)
The Hetaoping Panda Center of the Wolong Nature Reserve was badly damaged in the Wenchuan Earthquake on May 12, 2008. For security reasons, the pandas had been moved to Bifeng Gorge Base of China Panda Protection and Research Center. However, a new center has been rebuilt in the reserve. Pandas are being transferred from Bifeng Gorge to the new center. Please read details.
Sixty-seven captive pandas are among 150 pandas in Wolong Panda Reserve managed by the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda. The Center was founded in 1980 with assistance from World Wildlife Fund.
Hi-tech is commonplace in the Research Center, which is a world leader in propagating the panda species.
|Lovely Gaint Pandas in Natural Reserve |
Introdution to China Panda
Wildlife observation spots opened in Wolong National Natural Reserve attract explorers, tourists, animal-lovers as well as scientists. Occasionally wild pandas may show up there. Every year more than 100, 000 visitors come here.
Reputed as bio-gene bank both at home and abroad, Wolong National Natural Reserve is home not only to the giant pandas but also to rare and endangered animals such as red panda, golden monkey, white-lipped deer (Cervus albirostris), gnu (wildebeest) and precious plants like yew and beech. Other major places of interests inside include: animal and plant specimen museum, local plant specimen No.2170, bird specimen No.225, beast No. 56, insects No.700 and fish No. 6 and amphibious reptiles No.17.
Wolong National Natural Reserve is a fairyland for visitors. It enjoys warm and humid climate favorable to bamboo, pandas' favorite food. At the same time, 101 mountains are above 5, 000 meters (16,400 feet) varying from 6, 250 meters (20,500 feet) to 1, 150 meters (3, 772 feet). These contribute to bio-diversity preservation as well as spectacular beauty of natural scene.
The Hetaoping Panda Center of the Wolong National Natural Reserve was badly damaged in the Wenchuan Earthquake on May 12, 2008. For security reasons, the pandas had been moved to Beifeng Gorge Base of China Panda Protection and Research Center.
The new panda center was rebuilt in Gengda Town in the reserve and put into use on Oct. 30, 2012. From then on, pandas were being transferred from Bifeng Gorge to their new home in batches. Unfortunately, the new center hasn’t been opened to the public so far because the infrastructure in the area is still under reconstruction. It’s estimated that reconstruction will be finished by the end of 2016. By then, Gengda Panda Center will be opened to all visitors from all over the world.
How to get there:
Take Chengdu Chandianzi - Xiaojin bus and get off halfway at Wolong. The bus ride usually takes 3 hours.
Other places to see pandas in Chengdu:
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Ya'an Bifengxia Base of China Conservation and Research Center of Giant Panda
Dujiangyan Panda Base
Dujiangyan Panda Valley