Panda-based biodiversity conservation education:
The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding personnel has developed a variety of conservation education and training programs and textbooks based on one-day extracurricular activities. This literature and events focuses on persuading the students into actively supporting nature conservation by providing more information about current status of the conservation of giant pandas and other wildlife species during their visit to the panda base.
Conservation Education Programs for Primary Schools in SichuanUrban and Rural Areas:
To initiate nature conservation education in kindergartens and primary schools, we have provided training courses for teachers and prepared corresponding syllabus with teachers for students of all ages. These lesson plans will be used in a pilot school before being gradually accepted by other kindergartens and schools, and carried out pre-job training of teachers in nature conservation through joint efforts with normal universities. This program is the first of its kind to make up for the deficiency of inadequate nature conservation education of the children in China. Since October 2007, we have initiated training courses for the teachers of Chengdu Sanyuan Foreign Languages School, Panda Road Primary School and Chengdu Youshi Experimental Kindergarten and compiled and published the sections of background information and philosophical basics for the textbooks applicable for teachers and parents based on the advanced nature conservation theory in existence.
Natural Reserve Conservation Education and Community Development in Liangshan
Development of textbooks for conservation education
We have entered into partnership with Britain’s Chester Zoo to implement conservation education project in schools and communities around the giant panda habitat in Liangshan. We are training of natural reserve staff and school teachers in nature conservation and how to implement such education projects in collaboration with the natural reserves and schools, We have compiled textbooks for the local people in Mamize and Heizhugou nature reserve to increase students’ awareness and sense of pride in environment and wildlife conservation in their beautiful hometowns, and correspondingly increase their parents involvement in these activities.
Summer camp in natural reserves
Thanks to funding by Chester Zoo of Britain of Zoological Society of North England, in July 2012 we initiated a conservation education summer camp project in two giant panda natural reserves in Liangshan. Volunteers were selected from University students who were trained to direct the camp activities. This project was implemented to educate the children about how they can help protect the environment in their hometown, and additionally integrate and influence the communities around the nature reserves in efforts to decrease their impact on the threatened environment and wildlife around them.
Training Staff and Teachers in Natural Eeserves
We have provided several sessions of training courses for the staff and teachers of natural reserves to enhance their skills in conservation of giant pandas and endangered animals in the wild in an attempt to upgrade their occupational skills in conservation education with the idea of conservation education, and technically and financially support their conservation education of the communities around natural reserves to reduce the threat on the survival of the wildlife in the local area by enhancing local residents’ awareness of environmental conservation and encouraging environment-friendly activities.
Development of Environmental education and post-quake psychological education in the natural reserves of Minshan area:
We invited several foreign psychologists to console the children in the quake-hit areas by comedy shows and games after the 5.12 Earthquake in order to rebuild their confidence in starting a new semester, and developed the plan for post-disaster conservation education with the staff in the natural reserves.
Conservation Education in Minshan areas:
In Sichuan’s nature reserves we implemented environmental education and community sustainable development programs to increase the local residents’ awareness and ability to protect natural resources and persuade those who are potential population living on natural resources from killing wildlife to protect the biodiversity and natural environment of giant panda habitat. We have also carried out survey of the natural resources in natural reserves and the community economic and cultural development and living conditions in the local area to determine the direction of program development, and conducted environment education necessity assessment, environment conservation training, follow-up guidance and assessment after commencement of project in natural reserves.
Co-funded by Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Foundation and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), we have initiated environmental education program in Minshan area, including environment education necessity assessment, environment conservation training and follow-up guidance and assessment after commencement of project. In 2008, we did a survey trip to six nature reserves in Minshan area and sent questionnaires to other reserves to understand the challenges and according to the results develop conservation education programs.
BuildingConservation Education and Research Base Through Joint Efforts:
To improve the tourist experience for international and domestic visitors, and display giant panda and wildlife conservation efforts and achievements we have built giant panda ecotourism, scientific research and internship and conservation education base in collaboration with natural reserves in three to five natural reserves and adjacent communities in Sichuan which are qualified for their natural condition, cultural environment and ecological conservation to develop and implement conservation education programs applicable for the tourists in the natural reserves and the residents in the surrounding communities and facilitate broader availability of advanced conservation education ideas and practices step by step while expanding relations with relevant conservation education institutions, zoos, scientific research institutions, schools and communities from home and abroad to encourage them to participate in the building and international operation of conservation education base in various forms.
Conservation Education Training for Education Majors:
Teachers mold future generations, and are the cornerstones of society. Funded by Hong Kong Marine Park and Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Foundation, we carried out conservation education training program at Sichuan Normal University. This includes the development of training courses and training of education majors in Sichuan Normal University and development, design, trial, revision and printing of textbooks and teacher's teaching package.
Development of optional courses on conservation education in primary and middle schools:
We initiated an optional course themed Animal Lover Massager for the concern of animal wellbeing in High School No.7 Chengdu in collaboration with the junior department of the School, including such subjects as animal emotions, animal behavior, animal welfare and animal conservation. Rather than traditional rigid classroom education, .the course followed a variety of methods such as discussion, debate, interactive game, role performance, storytelling, slide show and motion picture presentation, and much more to arouse the interest of students.
During the course, the mysterious giant panda is described in detail the giant panda with more knowledge about the animal, learn the ideas of survival wellbeing and abundance of animals in captivity, perceive the emotions of animals by watching video presentations and listening to description about animals, try to be a responsible animal keeper who care about animals and protect their living environment as they do for themselves by studying how various birds court, forage, build their nests and adapt to environment and by learning how to generally take care of pets. The students are also required to develop project publicity proposals and optimized debate plan to learn skills in nature conservation and enjoy sharing information about animal protection.
Funded by IACM, we are developing an optional course on conservation education in primary and middle schools as there is a huge necessity for conservation education activities to be in schools. This course will lecture on children's understanding of relevant scientific knowledge applicable for their age by researching the personnel emotional connection among children, parents and animals. Meanwhile, we intend to foster awareness for animal and environmental conservation and guide children and parents to set look at domestic, wild and zoo animals as well as the environment in terms of cognition, emotion, behavior and skill. In addition, we have carried out interesting conservation education activities to upgrade and deepen their care for animals and environment.
Wild animal trade show:
With the support of Chester Zoo, we have initiated a wild animal trade show, during which tourists in the Chengdu Panda Base and Chengdu Zoo will be investigated and interviewed to collect relevant information by knowing their knowledge, attitude and behavior, with final results displayed in the member unit of Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens. Meanwhile, we have set up a hotline. If you find any wild animal trade around your apartments, during travel or on the internet, please may call the hotline. Later, the effect of results show and hotline will be evaluated.
Environmental conservation promotion in communities:
In order to expand the reach of conservation education, we have conducted several environmental conservation campaigns, in schools and communities, for example, charity sales for “protecting giant panda and our common home”, being a responsible pet owner, Asian turtle crisis and caring for animal welfare.
Entering into the community to publicize conservation idea
In order to persuade the residents in the community to care for and protect animals from their daily life, we have entered into the community to deliver the information on relevant pets, fur trade of wild animals, Asian turtle crisis, and much more through various interactive presentations and handing out leaflets.
Training on animal behavior, emotions and welfare
Animal welfare the basic theory of animal behavior, emotions and welfare and provided relevant training for conservation education workers in zoos and teachers in schools in China, by which to help them to know animals’ physiological and psychological needs, correctly interpret animal behavior and care for animal welfare.