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Chengdu Panda Base

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Chengdu Panda Base Introduction

In 1983, all bamboos at Wolong National Nature Reserve and its neighboring regions flowered (unlike most other plants, the bamboo withers after blossoming), resulting in widespread die-off of bamboos that caused severe starvation of the pandas both in captive and wild. More than 100 pandas were found starved to death in wild, which aroused concerns home and abroad. From 1983 till 1986, more than 40 sick and starved wild pandas were sent to Chengdu Zoo to receive medical treatment; the Zoo actually served as a temporary panda rescue center during those 3 years, and most of the pandas were released to the wild again after they were fully recovered.

In order to research and solve the survival crisis of the giant pandas, in 1987, the Chinese government decided to establish the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (aka Chengdu Panda Base), which was a subordinate department of the Chengdu Zoo. Because of the significate role the base plays and obvious progress the base archives in the panda science, it has become an independent research and breeding facility for the giant pandas since 1993.

Chengdu Panda Base

Just 6 km (10 km from downtown) from the Chengdu Zoo is located the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, the size of the panda base is about 200 acres with the green coverage over 96%. Inside the panda base, Verdant bamboo, blooming flowers, fresh air, tranquil lakes, a natural hill scene and a beautiful artificial view are merged exquisitely. The panda base is mainly built like a bamboo forest by imitating pandas’ natural habitat to make sure the pandas in captivity have the best environment for rearing and breeding. The family history of the base began with 6 unreleased rescued wild panda and till now it has developed up to more than 80. At the panda base also kept other rear animals, such as Red pandas, black-necked cranes and stork.  

Chengdu Panda Base

Besides the comfortable imitated enclosures for pandas, there are also many supporting facilities been completed, such as Research Laboratory, Institute of Science, Veterinary Hospital, Giant Panda Kitchen, Training Center and Giant Panda Museum. The Panda Base boasts a reputation as one of the best tourist destinations in China, integrating scientific research on giant pandas, public education, and educational tourism. The following honors have been awarded to the Panda Base:

 Chengdu Panda Base

The Global 500 of the United Nations Environment Programme
National Popular Science Education Base
National AAAA Tourism Attraction
National Youth Education Base for Science and Technology