July 29 2010: The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is a non-profit organisation engaged in wildlife research, captive breeding, conservation education, and educational tourism. It’s go.al is to be a world-class research facility in all these areas
The Chengdu Panda Base was founded in 1987, with six giant pandas rescued from the wild. It is uncertain what the current population of the base is, as any sort of accurate figures are hard to come by in China. However, in 2008, it was reported that 83 individuals had been bred from the original six.
Genetic diversity in the population is sustained by the exchange of preserved genetic material with other facilities. The Chengdu Panda Base claims not to have taken any giant pandas from the wild for over 20 years. This demonstrates their unique and uncompromising commitment to the conservation of the wild population and the healthy growth of the captive population.
They report that as at 2008, through their research and commitment to animal health and welfare, 124 giant panda cubs had been born in 85 litters, with 88 surviving. To assist other institutions holding giant pandas, the Chengdu Panda Base provides technical support and sends experts to assist with care, rearing, and breeding. So that all giant panda researchers can share their knowledge, the base host the Giant Panda Annual Technical Meeting, inviting researchers from all over the world to share information to improve captive management for the conservation of giant pandas.
The Chengdu Panda Base covers an area of 106 hectares and is enlarging to 200 hectares during the third phase of their expansion. Red pandas, golden monkeys and other wild and/or endangered species live and breed on the base.