Go behind-the-scenes at the San Diego Zoo for a rare look at the first year of life of a baby Giant Panda. "Zhen Zhen" captivates visitors at the Zoo with her antics and charm, but she also represents hope for the future of this endangered species. Panda Tales combines music and fun scenes of the baby panda growing up with the science behind panda conservation efforts.
KPBS Spotlights Year in the Life of Zhen Zhen
As the fourth in the line of what has become
Since making her entrance into this world, Zhen Zhen has captivated zoo and “panda cam” visitors with her antics and charm, all the while representing the hope for the future of this endangered species. KPBS cameras have been there along the way, from birth to birthday, giving viewers behind-the-scenes access to
Panda Tales weaves together a story highlighting a time of excitement and learning – but not just for Zhen Zhen. A decade ago, the panda population in the wild was dangerously dwindling due to a low reproductive rate, a disappearing habitat and vanishing food sources. Thanks to knowledge gleaned partially through the zoo’s research, pandas at the
Amid the story of Zhen Zhen’s progress, an unexpected storyline emerged nine months into filming. A massive earthquake in
Though there is no shortage of endearing clips of Zhen Zhen as she grows, Panda Tales is much more than a collection of “ahh!” inspiring images. The program takes a serious look at the plight of the giant panda and how the zoo’s program has affected the resurgence of this incredible species.
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Pandas in the News:
China Panda Center Copes With Sagging Tourism- NPR
Two months after a massive earthquake struck China, a panda research base is struggling with major losses in revenues caused by a slowdown in tourism. A new book about a panda named Jingjing is being launched to help raise money for the center.
Quake Further Endangers China's Giant Pandas - NPR
Found only in China, the giant panda is threatened by extinction, and researchers in southwestern China have devoted themselves to saving the species. The May 12 earthquake in Sichuan province has only exacerbated the challenges facing the already fragile population.