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Wolong Panda Reserve

Wolong Panda Reserve

Pandas in Wolong Panda Reserve

Where is Wolong Panda Reserve?

Wolong Panda Reserve in the east of Mt. Qionglai, and a 3-hours drive from Chengdu, is a comprehensive state natural reserve of 200,000 hectares (i.e. 494,200 acres). Begun in 1963, Wolong National Natural Reserve is the earliest, largest and best-known panda reserve in China. It was placed on UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve Network in 1980.


How many giant pandas are there in Wolong Natural Reserve?

Wolong National Nature Reserve houses more than 150 highly endangered giant pandas. The reserve is also a home to many other endangered species including: red pandas, golden monkeys, white-lipped deer and many precious plants.

Wildlife observation spots in Wolong Panda Reserve

Wildlife observation spots opened in Wolong National Natural Reserve attract explorers, tourists, animal-lovers as well as scientists. Occasionally wild pandas may show up in the Reserve. Every year more than 100, 000 visitors come to Wolong National Natural Reserve.

Map of Wolong Panda Reserve

Map of Wolong Panda Reserve

Eco-tourism in Wolong Natural Reserve


Reputed as bio-gene bank both at home and abroad, Wolong National Natural Reserve is home not only to the giant pandas but also to rare and endangered animals such as red panda, golden monkey, white-lipped deer (Cervus albirostris), gnu (wildebeest) and precious plants like yew and beech. Other major places of interests in Wolong Panda Reserve include: animal and plant specimen museum, local plant specimen No.2170, bird specimen No.225, beast No. 56, insects No.700 and fish No. 6 and amphibious reptiles No.17.

Wolong National Natural Reserve is a fairyland for tourists. Wolong National Natural Reserve enjoys warm and humid climate favorable to bamboo, pandas' favorite food. At the same time, 101 mountains are above 5, 000 meters (16,400 feet) varying from 6, 250 meters (20,500 feet) to 1, 150 meters (3, 772 feet). These contribute to bio-diversity preservation as well as spectacular beauty of natural scene in Wolong National Natural Reserve.

2008 Earthquake

The region, including the Panda Research Center, has been largely devastated on 12 May 2008 by a catastrophic earthquake, though the captive giant pandas were initially reported to be safe.Initially, officials were unable to contact the reserve.However, PRC's Foreign Ministry later said that a group of 31 British tourists visiting the Wolong panda reserve in the quake-hit area returned safe and uninjured to the provincial capital. Nonetheless, the well-being of an even greater number of pandas in the neighbouring panda reserves initially remained unknown. Five security guards at the reserve were killed by the earthquake.Six pandas escaped after their enclosures were damaged. By May 20, two pandas at the reserve were found to be injured, while the search continued for another two adult pandas that went missing after the quake.By 28 May 2008, one panda was still missing.Sadly, nine-year-old Mao Mao, a mother of five at the breeding centre, was discovered on Monday, June 9, her body crushed by a wall in her enclosure.Panda keepers and other workers placed her remains in a small wooden crate and buried her outside the breeding centre.

For the time being the giant pandas have been relocated to the Bifeng Gorge Panda Base, which is also managed by the China Panda Protection and Research Center.

Can we visit Giant Pandas in Wolong Pandaa Reserve now?

The Wolong National Nature Reserve was badly damaged in the May 12 earthquake. For security reasons, the pandas have been moved to Bifeng Gorge Base of China Panda Protection and Research Center. They will come back to Wolong after it is repaired.