On June 19, 2018, the Key Laboratory of the State Forestry and Grassland Administration on Conservation Biology of Rare Animals in the Giant Panda National Park was officially established in the Dujangyan Base of China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda. This is the first national-level key laboratory dedicated to the conservation and research of the giant panda in China. The inception of the lab will provide scientific support to major basic and key common technologies such as the sustainable utilization of fauna and flora resources in the Giant Panda National Park, protection and monitoring of key species, and construction and nature conservatories.
The lab obtained approval for establishment in March 2018. According to planning, the laboratory will partner with relevant institutions of higher education and scientific research institutes both at home and abroad to provide technical support to the Giant Panda National Park after five to ten years of initial work. The Giant Panda National Park measures 27,134 sq km in area and encompasses the three provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu, of which Sichuan Province accounts for roughly three-fourths of the park's territory.
On-site at the official establishment ceremony, a strategic cooperation agreement was signed between the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda, Lanzhou University, Beijing Normal University and Sichuan Agricultural University, while a professor from Wageningen University and Research was visiting and witnessed the launch ceremony. According to the agreement, the contracted institutions of higher education will cultivate professional talents in fields such as nature conservation, animal feeding management and scientific research for the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda.