Ya'an Bifengxia Panda Base
China protection and research center of giant panda of Ya’an Bifeng Xia base which is situated in Bifeng Xia beauty spot area in rain city Ya’an, Sichuan, which is 150 kilometers away from capital Chengdu, 15 kilometers from Ya’an city area, it takes only one and half hours from Chengdu Shuangliu international airport to the base. The natural ecological conditions here are very extraordinary, it’s only dozens of kilometers from here to giant natural protection area. In 1869, the first giant panda in the world was found in Ya’an .Among the core areas in the United Nations’world natural heritage of Sichuan giant panda habitat’， Ya’an accounts for 52%.
Ya’an Bi Feng Xia base of China protection research center of giant panda was invested and constructed by the Chinese State Forestry Administration, situated in Ya’an Bi Feng Xia beauty spot area with altitude between 1100 to 1800 meters, planned total area of near 6000 mu (unit of area).After its construction, the base will be the biggest giant panda protection base. In order to insure the safety of the giant panda, expand the living space of giant panda, promote the protection career of giant panda, Ya’an Bi Feng Xia panda base was put into construction in 2001, with 3 periods of base construction. The first period squared 1071 mu, invested near 120 million by State Forestry Administration and others, which will be finished in December,2003. The first period of construction will build 16 suits of giant panda villas, one giant panda scientific research center, giant panda hospitals, giant panda feeding center, giant panda breeding center, giant panda display center, staff living and logistical support center and so on. There were total 20 pandas immigrated from other panda centers at that moment, one panda was bred successfully here.
IIn the May 12th 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, the Wolong National Natural Reserve suffered a crushing blow and over fifty China giant pandas living in captivity became completely homeless. In order to save these national treasures, Wolong National Natural Reserve has, since May 15th, carried out an evacuation plan. Twenty-seven giant pandas were transferred in batches to Chengdu, Fuzhou and Beijng, and the rest were moved to Ya'an Bifengxia Base of China Conservation and Research Center of Giant Panda.
Bifengxia Base is located in Ya An City, which is just over one hour by bus from Chengdu. In 2003, the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Pandas and the State Forestry Administration chose this gorge as a new giant panda base. The gorge, "V" shaped, is composed of two small gorges, which measure 4.3 miles and 3.7 miles long respectively. Standing between 2,297 to 6,467 feet high, it is famous for the views of varied vegetation, valleys and waterfalls. Its excellent original landscape attracts more and more visitors each year to explore its wild beauty.
The little PandaEndowed with good quality water and air, Bifengxia Base of China Conservation and Research Center of Giant Panda is a satisfactory place for the growth of pandas, and what is more important, it was only slightly damaged in the earthquake. With around 80 pandas, it is a comprehensive conservation project combining tourism, research and giant panda breeding in one place. It is divided into the giant panda breeding zone, baby giant panda care zone, research center, bamboo woods and office area.
The pandas are assured of healthy growth in their new home, and good news continually flows from Bifengxia Base. In the morning on July 6th, 2008, the panda "Guo Guo" gave birth to the first twin cubs in the base. Guo Guo, the great panda mother, came to the base on June 24th when she was 119 days pregnant. She was really strong and brave to have these babies after surviving the big earthquake, overcoming the difficulties of bumping and shaking on the long journey, and adjusting herself to the new environment. The panda twins were the first pair of giant pandas born in 2008 worldwide, which brings new hope and more power to the recovery of the earthquake-stricken area and the affected forest area.
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