My Experiences in China

Giant panda from the Chengdu Research Base To sum up my experiences in China–unforgettable. This internship experience has taught me so much about the world and about myself. I have always wanted to learn more about the human-animal-environment connection and this program has definitely expanded my knowledge in this area. Not ...

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My Experiences in China

Giant panda from the Chengdu Research Base To sum up my experiences in China–unforgettable. This internship experience has taught me so much about the world and about myself. I have always wanted to learn more about the human-animal-environment connection and this program has definitely expanded my knowledge in this area. Not ...

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Heizhugou Summer Camp

Children playing the habitat game The Panda Base offers summer camps for children of the Yi ethnic minority in order to help teach the children about environmental conservation and animal welfare. The camps are offered in four different locations and each lasts for three days. Chinese volunteers from all over China ...

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Freedom for the Moon Bears

Cage that bears were kept in on the bear bile farms While many spend the 4th of July celebrating the freedom and independence of the United States, we spent this day at the Chengdu Bear Rescue Center. This rescue center was started in 1998 by Jill Robinson who first discovered the ...

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Freedom for the Moon Bears

Cage that bears were kept in on the bear bile farms While many spend the 4th of July celebrating the freedom and independence of the United States, we spent this day at the Chengdu Bear Rescue Center. This rescue center was started in 1998 by Jill Robinson who first discovered the ...

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Big Buddha, Big Buddha, Big Buddha

Leshan Giant Buddha, view from the top Leshan is the home of the largest Buddha in the world. “Shan” means mountains and the giant Buddha is carved into the side of a mountain overlooking the river, facing Mount Emei. Our cultural guide for this trip was Huang Ming, a friend and ...

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The Enchanting Land of Jiuzhaigou

If you get out of the polluted cities of China, unique and beautiful landscapes await you. Jiuzhaigou National Park has to be one the of most captivating and enchanting places I have ever been in my life. Despite the 10-hour bus ride and the most “challenging” bathrooms I have every ...

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Environmental Education

Giant panda relaxing outside int  he morning before the afternoon heat arrives The question that I get asked the most when telling people that I’m interning at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is how it relates to social work. I’ve been asked question like, “Do you have to ...

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The Gao Family Farm

People from the community planting vegetables on the Gao Farm Over the weekend, Valerie, L’Jean, Alex (our very wonderful cultural guide), and myself went to the Anlong Organic Farms. The Anlong Sustainable Development Community consists of a few families in the village that have chosen to practice organic farming in order ...

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Pet Market

Frogs, turtles , and snakes are often piled into netted bags for mass sale Last week, Sarah took us to the “pet market” in Chengdu. The pet market was more like a pet mall, if you can imagine. The first place we went was the fish market which consisted of hundreds ...

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