The China Research Center for the Protection of Giant Pandas is composed of three bases – Wolong, Dujiangyan and Bifengxia, Ya’an. It will become the country’s largest, a world-class scientific research and a base for nature protection and education for giant pandas. It strives to enhance the level of protection and research of giant pandas in China.
Wolong Shenshuping Base
On May 11, 2016, the “Chinese Giant Panda Garden” at the Wolong Shenshuping Base of the China Research Panda Research Center was opened, with a total construction area of 19844.51 square meters. The base is divided into three functional areas – panda breeding, wild training and public education on wildlife. It is equipped with 59 sets of giant panda pens, a tourist reception center, a research office, a science education center, a veterinary hospital and a wild training area for captive pandas, etc.
During the Wenchuan earthquake of May 12, 2008, the giant panda pen, research facilities, equipment of the China Giant Panda Protection and the Research Center were severely damaged. In order to better protect the giant pandas, with the assistance of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, the relevant departments of Sichuan Province chose Dujiangyan to build a protection agency that integrates the care, rescue and prevention of diseases of giant pandas. Some old or injured pandas in Sichuan were sent here for medical treatment.
Bifengxia Panda Base, Ya’an
The Bifengxia Scenic Area is located 16 kilometers north of Ya’an City, with an area of 20 square kilometers and a forest area of more than 20,000 acres. The scenic area includes two canyons. The left gorge is 7 kilometers long and the right gorge is 2.5 kilometers long. It is V-shaped, 30-70 meters wide, 700-1971 meters above sea level, and the relative height of the gorges is 100-200 meters.
Vegetation, gorges and waterfalls are the distinctive features of the Bifengxia Scenic Area. The forests in the gorge are lush, green, dripping with peaks, ridges and cliffs. Sometimes the peaks look like they’re pointing at the sky, and the two mountains seemed like having merged with it. The multi-type waterfall landscape adds an infinite scenery to the double gorge and it’s simply fascinating.
In view of Bifengxia’s excellent natural ecological environment, China Research Panda Research Center set up the base in the Bifengxia Scenic Area. It was completed on December 28, 2003 and was officially opened to the public.
The base covers an area of more than 1,000 acres. After the 5.12 earthquake, some of the giant pandas of Wolong were moved to the Bifeng Gorge. At present, there are more than 80 pandas in captivity in the base, which has become the largest base of captive pandas in the world, attracting many visitors from all over the world.