A Mother Panda's Love

The secret behind successful breeding

Breeding giant pandas in captivity is exceptionally difficult, but one place has had remarkable success in breeding them. The place is Adventure World, a safari park zoo in Wakayama prefecture, western Japan. Panda births are very risky and many breeding programs have failed. At Adventure World, though, new babies are born every other year. The secret lies in encouraging mother pandas to express their maternal instincts.
Human contact must be minimal. This is the first time cameras have been granted exclusive access to film scenes of this panda breeding program. We follow the zoo over the course of three years to uncover the secret of how pandas are born and reared safely in captivity.