Chengdu Travel Guide
Panda Breeding Research Center
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, or simply Chengdu Panda Base, is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals. It is located in Chengdu, Sichuan, People's Republic of China.
Chengdu Panda Base was founded in 1987. It started with 6 giant pandas that were rescued from the wild. By 2007, it has had 110 panda births, and the captive panda population has grown to 62.
Its stated goal is to "be a world-class research facility, conservation education center, and international educational tourism destination."
Chengdu Panda Base has partnered with many organizations in improving ways to conserve giant pandas. For example, its partnership with Zoo Atlanta helped the zoo secure the loan of 2 giant pandas. To date, these 2 giant pandas, Yang Yang and Lun Lun, have produced two off-springs — female Mei Lan in 2006, and male Xi Lan born on August 30, 2008.
Other research partners include:
- Adventure World in Shirahama, Wakayama, Japan
- East Bay Zoological Society, Oakland, California, USA
- Liverpool University, UK
- National Institute of Health/National Cancer Institution, USA
- National Zoo, Washington, D.C., USA
- North of England Zoological Society, UK
- The Oakland China Wildlife Preservation Foundation, California, USA
- San Diego Zoo, California, USA
- University of Japan
- Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland