• Duration:
    1 hour
  • Broadcaster:
    Sky 3D (3D) / Nat Geo Wild (2D)
  • Executive Producer:
    Caroline Hawkins
  • Distribution:
    Cinema Ventures
  • Credit:
    An Oxford Scientific Films production in association with CWCA & Wolong Panda Conservation Centre, Sky, National Geographic Channels, National Geographic Entertainment & CCTV9

The story of China’s quest to save the giant panda from extinction and the remarkable process leading to the release of a young male panda called Tao Tao into the wild.

It’s a well-known fact that pandas are on the brink of extinction. Years of habitat destruction and human encroachment have caused numbers in the wild to dwindle to an alarming low.  Some believe there is little hope for the survival of the species and have resigned themselves to the fact that the panda will soon be relegated to the history books. For the Chinese however losing the panda forever is unthinkable and a quest to save the species has begun. The challenge has been great.  Very little is known about the behaviour and breeding patterns of these shy mountain creatures. Breeding them in captivity was going to be largely a case of trial and error.  But the plan is working.  An unorthodox mix of panda pornography, science, disguises and enormous financial investment have combined to great effect and now the dream of releasing captive-bred pandas into the wild has become a reality.  This film, timed at the possibly the most critical point in the pandas’ history, follows that remarkable process, dispels myths and reveals for the first time the true nature of this charming and enigmatic animal.

Narrated by Joely Richardson.


A fascinating story of a remarkable animal. Great conservation storytelling and excellent

educational material. This film combined human, science and animal/conservation stories

wonderfully. The cinematography of the Pandas walking up the rivers was stunning. A very

interesting and unique view of Chinese conservation and science efforts. James Muir- Jury member, Japan Wildlife Film Festival


Winner- Best Endangered Species Film at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival 2015

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