NATURE: Pandas: Born To Be Wild

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Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 8 p.m. on KPBS 2 / On Demand

—Trek although the steep Qinling Mountains with filmmakers to witness wild pandas’ startling habits—

The Large Panda could also be one of the vital recognizable endangered species on our planet, however the day by day lives of untamed pandas stay a thriller, till now. Filming over three years, two Chinese language cinematographers trek by means of the steep forested trails of the Qinling Mountains to catch a glimpse of untamed pandas for this episode of NATURE.

Preview of Pandas: Born to be Wild

With the assistance of scientists and rangers on this journey, they seize startling new wild panda habits on display screen. Not like the playful picture of captive pandas, wild pandas are solitary and territorial. The movie crew additionally follows the coaching of a younger panda born in captivity studying to be a panda within the wild.

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Large Panda mom and her one-month-old cub. Wolong Panda Heart, China.

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Three-month-old Large Panda at Wolong Panda Heart, who was skilled for reintroduction within the wilderness of the Qinling Mountains.

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Large Panda feeding on bamboo. Bamboo supplies solely simply sufficient power for pandas to reside, which is why they eat for 14 hours a day.

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Three-year-old Large Panda and his mom in Wolong Panda Heart. Now not a young person, he might want to fend for himself within the wilderness.

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Six-month-old panda cub up in a tree, ready for its mom to return from her bamboo feeding grounds.

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3-year-old Large Panda up a tree. Wolong, China.

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Wolong Panda Heart keeper disguised as a panda. The keepers gown as pandas to go to the kids, that are candidates for the reintroduction program. Human contact is stored to a minimal.

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Filmmaker Jacky Poon on the seek for a wild panda.

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Filmmaker Yuanqi Wu on the seek for a wild panda.

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Buzzworthy Moments:

  • A younger cub within the Wolong Panda Heart, born to his mom by means of synthetic insemination, will spend three years in a big enclosure within the reserve, separate from all different pandas and people. He’s being skilled to be launched into the wild when he reaches three years outdated. Underneath the steerage of his mom, he learns essential abilities resembling climbing timber and exploration, though there may be nonetheless a danger that he’ll change into too hooked up to his mom.

  • The mating and courtship rituals of untamed Large Pandas have by no means been filmed earlier than. The filmmakers trek alongside park rangers within the Qinling Mountains to trace down a male throughout breeding season and finally discover an exceedingly uncommon sight – a fertile feminine being fought over by two males. To reach courting the feminine, the males should win in opposition to their rival in addition to a tussle with the feminine herself. This habits sheds mild on why breeding captive pandas is so tough – the roaring, scent-marking and preventing are almost definitely what triggers her ovulation – circumstances very tough to duplicate out of the wild.
  • Since they’re elevating the younger cub to by no means meet people, the caretakers on the Wolong Panda Heart provide you with an uncommon resolution to carry out well being checkups on the cub. The employees gown up in panda costumes and even masks their scent with panda urine. The cub, with its poor eyesight, is left none the wiser.
  • Nearly all of the panda cubs residing within the Wolong Panda Heart are extraordinarily playful and social with their fellow pandas and caretakers. That is completely different habits from pandas within the wild, who’re largely solitary creatures. It’s nonetheless a thriller why captive pandas are extra social than wild pandas.

Wild Panda Courtship Filmed for First Time

Noteworthy Details:

  • There are solely round 2,000 Large Pandas left on the earth at this time. Though they’re members of the bear household, pandas don’t hibernate and due to this fact should preserve feeding even all through the winter months.
  • Bamboo is a panda’s important meals supply; nonetheless, it doesn’t present a lot vitamin. As a way to preserve their power, they need to eat bamboo as much as 14 hours every day.
  • The milk in a Large Panda mom incorporates extra antibodies than another animal, as a result of cubs are born extremely weak and underdeveloped. Females can solely have 3-4 younger of their lifetime, the bottom delivery charge of any mammal.

Uncommon Glimpse of Wild Panda In Warmth

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Credit:

A co-production of Terra Mater Factual Studios and Mark Fletcher Productions in affiliation with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET. The documentary is produced and filmed by Jacky Poon and Yuanqi Wu and is written and edited by Mark Fletcher. Andrea Gastgeb and Sabine Holzer are government producers for Terra Mater Factual Studios. Shanghai Science and Technical Museum and Jacky Poon supplied archival footage. Chris Morgan is narrator.

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