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Director Nic Brown (far right), director of photography Chris Openshaw (center), and rig technician Kevin Zemrowsky film a panda at Wolong.

Photograph by Yang Dan

National Geographic Entertainment is proud to bring Pandas: The Journey Home to the world! You will fall in love anew with this iconic, delightful creature and better understand the desperate plight of pandas in the wild.

The filmmakers of Pandas: The Journey Home were granted unprecedented access to the Wolong Panda Center in China to bring to light the extraordinary efforts of the Chinese to secure the panda's future in the wild.

Directed by Nicolas Brown and produced by Caroline Hawkins of Oxford Scientific Films, the film follows the center's pandas at a significant milestone in their history. After decades of its captive breeding program, the center has hit its target number of 300 giant pandas and must now tackle the challenge of reintroducing breeding populations to the wild. The filmmakers were allowed to film the release of pandas bred in captivity and to follow a group of wild pandas in their mountain habitat.

Meet all of the pandas at the center as they get ready for their new lives in various parts of the world, and learn about their fascinating habits as you chuckle at their hijinks. It turns out pandas are as much fun as they are cute, and they love getting the best of their keepers! Experience too the dedication of the scientists who work tirelessly on behalf of this amazing animal. And follow one panda in particular, Tao Tao, as he is released into the bamboo forest to begin his adventure “living wild.”

Pandas: The Journey Home will be showing in select museum theaters starting in the spring of 2014. Be sure to visit this page often to find a theater near you as the film rolls out across the world. You can also go to our Facebook page to find out about this and all of our exciting giant screen 3-D films.

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    Photo Gallery

    Check out this photo gallery of pandas from the Wolong Panda Conservation Center taken during filming; the pandas look ready for their close-ups!

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    Watch the Pandas: The Journey Home trailer!

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    Did you know it takes 28 pounds (12.5 kilograms) of bamboo to satisfy a giant panda's daily dietary needs? Learn more about pandas from National Geographic.

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