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Report on Volunteering at Wolong Panda Reserve

Report on Volunteering at Wolong Panda Reserve

Aug 15th, 2006, 08:43 AM
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Wow! Fantastic pictures, atravelynn. I had no idea anything like this was possible; hmmm......I did a google search and found a number of "panda tour" companies. Would you recommend mongolglobal tours or any other companies?
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Aug 16th, 2006, 04:36 AM
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Lynn, that sounds like an amazing trip. I'm going to look into that because Chengdu will be on my route when I visit Tibet (hopefully in next couple of years), and I'd like to spend some time at Wolong (a week may be a bit much for me, but I'd be happy to volunteer for a day or so).

Thanks, Michael
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Sep 15th, 2006, 12:19 PM
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Sorry I have not checked this post in a very long time. I rarely stray from the Africa board.

Clifton, such a memory! That was me in Ngamba, the chimp sanctuary. I did not meet the mom of the giant panda baby but twins were just born to Youyou and I did meet her. Thanks for the link!

I would recommend Mongol Global for the pandas. Everything worked perfectly.

Thit cho, You can volunteer for a shorter time.

HLester3, For $125 (or the equivalent in yuan) in Aug of 2006, you too could get 5 minutes with the baby pandas. You could also take someone with you to take pictures and this photographer was not charged, but they could not touch the pandas. The babies do not receive guests every day. It depends on their health. If they are sniffling, then no guests. I saw that happen while I was there. One day lots of visits, the next day, not even one visit was allowed.

Thanks for your interest.

As for just visiting the pandas, anyone is welcome from 8 to 5 daily. I do not recall the cost of admission, but it was not that much.

For anyone who just wants to see pandas, one full day is plenty.
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