Wow! Did anyone see the pictures of the Giant Pandas being rescued during the recent earthquake in the papers over the weekend? They looked like floppy cuddly toys being hauled out of their enclosures which were collapsing around them. The Sanctuary at Wolong was severely affected by the earthquake and the centre staff risked their lives to rescue these creatures from certain death. Only one panda actually died during the quake – Mao-Mao, a female who sheltered under the wall of her enclosure and was sadly crushed. The pandas were moved to other centres but Wolong will desperately need some funding if it is to regain its status as the world’s leading Giant Panda Sanctuary.
Our volunteer tours to Wolong were inevitably affected this summer but should be back up and running for next year. Our standard tours to Chengdu visit the Giant Panda Research Centre. Plus don’t forget that on certain tours not only do you visit the Giant Pandas but you also take in Yangshuo where we are currently offering a free sound and light show IF you book before 31st October. See our Special Offers.
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