The China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda (CCRCGP) was first established in 1983. In 2013, it was officially approved as a department-level public institution of the State Forestry Bureau, which is responsible for conducting research on the wild ecology and population dynamics of giant pandas. It is also responsible for artificial breeding, reproduction, genetics, disease control and prevention of giant pandas, as well as training and release of giant pandas into the wild. CCRCGP will assist in the cooperation and exchange of pandas at home and abroad, the building of giant panda culture, the science education, and the propaganda work.
After the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, the reconstruction work of CCRCGP was carried out in an orderly manner with the assistance of the Hong Kong special administrative region. CCRCGP has jurisdiction over Qingchengshan base of Dujiangyan, Shenshuping base of Wolong, Bifengxia base of Ya’an, and Hetaoping wildization training base of Wolong. According to the 13th five-year plan of the State Forestry Bureau, CCRCGP will also establish bases in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. At present, Shanghai base and Guangzhou base have been approved, which are under construction actively. Since the CCRCGP has been established for more than 30 years, it has successfully solved the problems of giant panda breeding, fostering the largest captive giant panda population in the world. By the end of 2016, the captive giant panda population at CCRCGP had reached 232, which is the largest and most comprehensive giant panda protection institution in the world, and a model of environmental protection and ecological civilization construction in China.
The China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda (CCRCGP) is an important platform for cooperation and exchange research on giant pandas at home and abroad. At present, there are 13 panda zoos established in 11 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, Australia, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Belgium, South Korea, and the Netherlands. 28 giant pandas have gone abroad to live and breed 17 giant panda cubs, 11 of which have returned to CCRCGP at present.