Breeding Center Mission:
Location of the Base:
The center is located about 7 miles (11km) north of downtown Chengdu.
History of the Base:
- Around 20 giant pandas reside at the base
- Open grounds for pandas to roam freely
- Nursery where babies are cared for
- Museum covering pandas’ environment and conservation efforts as well as separate butterfly and vertebrate museums
- Other endangered species such as the red panda and the black-necked crane are bred there
- Opening Hours: daily, 8am-6pm
- Recommended Time for Visit: 2-4 hours
- Stroller Friendly? Yes (mostly), there are some steps and bumpy rocks to negotiate.
During our visit, a mother bear and baby frolicked on the grass and around their play-gym for at least an hour. The mother clearly wanted to get her cub to drink some milk but he was only interested in tackling her and jumping on her. It was adorable to watch and they weren't the least concerned with the crowd that gathered to enjoy their morning mirth.
In another enclosure (the pandas are in open enclosures with large amounts of green space and huge play structures), an adult panda was very busy munching away on some bamboo. He had a stack behind him and after he meticulously tore away the outer green bark, and ate all the inside pulp, he leaned back with arms over his head to grab another branch. An adult eats up to 40kg (over 80 pounds) of bamboo a day.
Nearby, another adult was trying in vain to dig a hole through the wall of his enclosure to get next door. A lady friend perhaps?
The breeding base was really a delightful experience. The grounds are lovely and there's a large lake with numerous birds including peacocks and swans wandering around. My little boy enjoyed it very much but wondered where the gorillas were...in his world, where there are pandas, there are also gorillas.