Wolong National Nature Reserve, Sichuan, China

With their big black eyes and deep-pile coats, giant pandas are the most appealing of bears. It’s no wonder they were chosen as the emblem of the World Wildlife Fund. At the Wolong Giant Panda Breeding Centre in the highlands, you can watch these gentle creatures safe in the knowledge that the program here is for their conservation and rehabilitation.

Tourism Wolong National Nature Reserve, Sichuan, China
Tourism Wolong National Nature Reserve, Sichuan, China

Wolong National Nature Reserve also known as Wolong Special Administrative Region is a protected area located in Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province, People’s Republic of China. Established in 1963 with an initial size of about 20,000 hectares, the reserve was further expanded in 1975, covering an area of about 200,000 hectares in the Qionglai Mountains region.

There are over 4,000 different species recorded in the reserve. According to China’s Third National Giant Panda Survey, Wolong National Nature Reserve houses about 150 wild giant pandas. The reserve is also a home to many other endangered species including: snow leopards, red pandas, golden monkeys, white-lipped deer and many precious plants.

Before the devastating 2008 Wenchuan earthquake Wolong received up to 200,000 visitors every year. As one of the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, Wolong National Nature Reserve has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2006. Wikipedia

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