Could this be the best job in the world? Panda Caretaker’ position advertised

A charity in China has advertised for a 'Panda Caretaker' to come and work for them.


by Ellie Hooper |
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Potentially the best job in the world, the position involves sharing in the animals 'joys and sorrows' as they grow from babies to adults.

The Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Sichuan Province, China, has advertised for the role - which will pay about £19,000 a year.

Requirements for the role include being over 22 years of age and having some basic knowledge of Pandas. Knowing Chinese is probably also a bonus.

Due to us being caring, helpful people at Closer online, we've put together this handy fact file to help you swot up - should you decide to apply for this attractive role.

Giant Pandas:

The Giant Panda is listed as endangered on the World Conservation Union's List of Threatened Species. There are only about 1,600 left in the wild and about 300 of them in zoos and breeding centres.

The Panda's lifespan is unknown in the wild, but in zoos they tend to live until about 30 years of age.

They exist mainly on bamboo, but will also eat small rodents or deer fawns.

One of the reasons the animals struggle to keep their numbers up (deforestation and environmental changes aside) is that female pandas only ovulate once a year and have only about three days when they are able to conceive. This means that Giant Panda's have struggled to recover from illegal hunting and habitat loss.

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