Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center
Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
Panda Adventure, or officially known as the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, is a world-renowned ecological conservation base in a northern suburb of Chengdu. The base occupies 105 hectares of rolling hills and lakes. Panda Adventure is dedicated to the conservation of endangered species of China, including the giant panda and the red panda.
The giant panda has been around for a long time, since the time of the saber-toothed cats. So it is very much a living fossil that has survived since the Pleistocene period, while other species have become extinct. Naturally solitary animals, the giant pandas live in the remote bamboo forests in the high mountains. As their habitat is encroached by development and deforestation, their living space has become fragmented.
Giant Panda, Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center.
The Giant Panda Museum at the research centre is the first giant panda museum in the world. It also has the largest collection of butterflies in Chengdu. The Panda Story Cinema provides an interesting account of the natural history of the pandas.
Within Panda Adventure are over 400 kinds of trees including ginkgo, chinar, yulan and willow as well as many subspecies of bamboo, the favourite food of the giant pandas. In addition to the giant panda, Panda Adventure is also home to the cute and agile red pandas, white and black swans, and blue peacocks. In the sky are thousands of white and grey egrets.
A giant panda having a drink at the research centre.
Bamboo, the favourite food of the giant panda, is grown abundantly at Panda Adventure.
The fast-moving red panda is related to the more familiar giant panda.
Vendors outside Panda Adventure.
Participants from AsiaExplorers with their tour guide.