So many people were saddened to
see Taishan leave Washington D.C. and fly away
to his new home in
the Bifengxia Panda Preserve. But with every new change in life
comes opportunity. Taishan's leaving D.C. has opened an opportunity
that NEVER would have been available to the public in America.
We can provide you with the opportunity
to work alongside Taishan's Keeper and Handler. Our volunteer
program affords our clients the chance to clean panda cages,
carry new bamboo to the pandas, feed them and rub elbows with
the men and women who have dedicated their lives to caring for
We first brought our clients to work with the pandas and their keepers
in 2005. This is our sixth season. During this time we have formed
friendships and relationships with many of the staff at the Panda
Preserve. It is because of this friendly and warm relationship that
we are able to offer our clients the opportunity to work alongside
the Panda Keeper who cares for Taishan.
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Taishan opportunity may not be available in 2011. Why? The panda
preserves are scattered across China. To spread the gene pool and
to help to maintain a healthy Panda breeding population the pandas
are frequently moved from one facility to another. Taishan could
notice if the administrators in charge of this part of the panda
breeding program decide he is needed elsewhere.
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Taishan was born July 9, 2005 at the Washington D.C. Zoo.
Taishan was relocated to Bifengxia when he left
Washington D.C. on February 4, 2010.
The original agreement between the Chinese Government
and the D.C. Zoo was that Taishan was to be relocated to China
following his second birthday. Because of the overwhelming public
outcry China agreed to allow his time in the USA to be extended
for an additional 2 1/2 years.
Are you a Taishan Fan? Then join
us in July, August or September and you can meet Taishan and his
keeper. For an intimate and close encounter such as never was
when he lived in Washington D.C. send us an email to get all the
I really pet a panda?
Yes, our trip includes
several days working behind the scenes at a Chinese Panda breeding
facility. We don't know exactly what chores we'll be assigned.
It could be carrying bamboo to the enclosures. Or maybe we'll
be cleaning up panda poop. One thing we can count on is that
we will be right in there with the Giant Panda bears...and if you
don't want to work inside the enclosures, you can still come along
and be guaranteed the opportunity to pet a panda! No volunteer
required if you don't want to do it. The only place in the
world to get this close to Giant Pandas.
Giant Panda Bear Quick Facts
- - Life span about 25 years
- - Grow to 3 1/2 feet tall & 300 pounds
- - In the wild normally only 1 baby is raised to maturity although
2 or 3 may be born. (High success rate of raising twins in captivity)
- -Food is mainly 4 bamboo species
- - They have the digestive system of a carnivore, so they must eat
12 to 16 hours a day to consume adequate nutrition.
- - DNA studies place them in the bear family, not the racoon family.
Currently classified in a separate taxonimic family.
- -Do not hibernate. Move up and down the mountainside to regulate
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Although the earthquake in China closed the
Wolong Panda Preserve in 2008, our volunteer program and most
of the pandas were relocated to a nearby facility that has
a subset of the Wolong Preserve. Most of the staff has
also relocated to Bifengxia Panda Preserve where we now do
the volunteer panda portion of our China tours. The
Panda Breeding program is now back on track with about 12 expectant
|Special 6 day Panda Only tour
Day 0: Depart USA, cross the international date line to arrive
in Beijing on Day #1.
Day 2: We leave Beijing in the morning, arriving
in Chengdu around noontime. From there we drive about 4 to 5
hours into the mountains to the Bifengxia Panda Preserve.
Day 3: Click
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for the Panda Only trip.
Big Chinese Panda Encounter trip itinerary.
#0: Depart from the USA. We cross the international dateline thus
arriving in Beijing on Day #1
Day #1: Arrival in Beijing.
Check into the 4 star Peixin Hotel which is located close to the heart
of the City. Dinner will be an adventure all its own as we
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Jones Adventures, our vacation tours are all about helping people
achieve their dreams of getting close to a particular animal while
simultaneously enjoying a great vacation trip. Keith has
successfully led people on animal encounter trips since 1994. He
takes the worry out of the equation. You don't need
to waste hours, days and weeks of time planning and preparing
for a trip, only to finally
get there and be disappointed. That's what our all inclusive
tours are all about. There are other tour operators who offer
Pandas as part of their tour. We get you really close to these
wonderful animals. Don't be mislead by trips that take you to
or Chengdu to see the Pandas there. Those locations DO
NOT COMPARE to the Bifengxia Panda Preserve. There are
no other tour operators with our experience and our success at
putting clients together with wild animals in close encounters.
We believe that we have the best record in the world
for successfully placing clients in close encounter situations with
wild animals. To read more about us click
| Hotels may change due to availability or local conditions.
We always book into a 3 star or better and normally our hotels
are 4 star.
** We reserve the right to change side trip and tour destinations
to meet local conditions such as weather, renovation or overcrowding.
*** The work experience may vary considerably from month to month.
Work duties change with the seasons and with the individual health
of each panda. You will work with a panda keeper and your experience
will be significantly related to the duties of that particular animal
Safety and health concerns for the pandas may alter the tour volunteer
program in part, at any time. Frequent changes to the pattern
of work and to what is allowed and is not allowed is normal and
The type of close encounters available as options or offered as part
of the program change from time to time. Individual pandas, such as
Taishan, may be relocated to other locations without notice.
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