About Wolong Nature Reserve
The Wolong Nature Reserve lies 140km northwest of Chengdu and was established in 1975 specifically for the protection and improvement of the giant panda birth rate. It also breeds pandas to be re-introduced to the wild. Covering an area of 2,000 square kilometres in an alpine valley on the Tibetan Plateau, the reserve is the largest of the 16 panda conservation reserves in China and boasts a truly stiking landscape. In 1982 it became a UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve.Read More
There are more than 4,000 plant species (including 15 types of azaleas), as well as an abundance of bamboo, the staple of the giant panda. It is also the home of the snow leopard, golden monkey, golden langur, musk deer and red panda. Although you can trek in search of pandas in the wild, sightings are rare and it is more than likely that you will only see the captive pandas at the research base and breeding centre.
The giant panda used to be found in nearly all of China’s southern provinces but nowadays the population of these wonderful animals is severely threatened and their numbers in the wild have dropped below 1,000. Poaching has been a big part of the problem as has the spreading of villages into the hills. IN addition to these issues, deforestation, which has reduced the areas for the pandas to live in, is also bringing the situation to a crisis. With only a certain type of bamboo from a specific altitude as their main food source, the giant panda is now regarded an endangered species.
Wolong Nature Reserve Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Wolong Nature Reserve.