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Nat Geo Wild readies “Giant Pandas” for August

Nat Geo Wild will give audiences a glimpse into the challenges of breeding the iconic, critically endangered giant panda in one-hour special Giant Pandas, which will have its U.S. premiere in August and a global debut in September.
March 14, 2014

Nat Geo Wild is to give audiences a glimpse into the challenges of breeding the iconic, critically endangered giant panda in one-hour special Giant Pandas, which will have its U.S. premiere in August and a global debut in September.

The special – part of the network’s investment in blue chip, natural history programming for its Destination Wild strand – will follow the creatures as they are bred in captivity in China’s Bi Feng Xia Panda Center and ultimately released into the wild.

The show will focus on the panda Shui Xiu, and the task of finding her a mate, as well as Tao Tao, who must prove that he is ready to be released into the wild after training.

“This film takes us inside the journey to breed pandas in captivity with the hope of releasing them into the wild to help this species survive,” said Geoff Daniels, exec VP and GM of Nat Geo Wild, in a statement. “Panda population numbers have drastically decreased, making breeding programs around the world crucial to the future of this species.”

Giant Pandas is produced by Oxford Scientific Films. Jeremy Bradshaw and Clare Birks served as executive producers, and Caroline Hawkins is creative director.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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