Some favourite moments from my recent trip to China... I had an incredible learning experience volunteering at the China Conservation and Research Center of Giant Panda in Dujiangyan, China. I got to feed, clean and interact with pandas and also learned about the red panda - another endangered species that has previously been placed in the racoon and bear families, but are unique to their own. I also got to make panda corn bread, break bamboo and spent a morning picking up panda poop! Pandas eat around 14-15 hours a day and poop up to 40 times a day!
They may also seem gentle and quiet, but they can bleat, roar, claw, growl, and honk! In 1990, there were just 600 pandas left on earth, but thanks to the good works of these panda homes in China, there are now 1900 pandas. A female panda is fertile for just two days in a year, so every birth really counts.
Thank you to China Discovery Tours for this exceptional experience.