Sky 3D has given the green-light to a one-off documentary about the endangered giant pandas living in the Wolong National Nature Reserve in the People’s Republic of China.
Panda 3D joins the giant pandas at a critical time in the species’ history. Following decades of captive breeding, the target number of 300 giant pandas has now been reached and the experts at the Reserve face the challenge of restoring viable breeding populations of the species to the wild. The 60 minute film will document mother pandas who are being allowed to give birth in the wild, with very little human interaction. In fact the scientist on the project will have to disguise themselves in Panda suits. Pandas 3D is being produced by Oxford Scientific Films in association with the Chinese Wildlife Conservation Association and the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda. Nicolas Brown (Human Planet) is directing. The executive producers are Chris Wilson, Jeremy Bradshaw and Clare Birks.
“Giant Pandas have an enduring appeal – we have seen time and time again how fascinated people are about their lives and habits”, said Director of Sky 3D John Cassy, who commissioned the documentary. “Now, for the first time in 3D, we will see Pandas in their natural habit, as yet another example of our intention to broadcast exciting and innovative 3D shows for our customers.”