Premieres Tuesday, Janurary 26 at 8 PM ET/PT on Animal Planet
The giant panda is among the most revered, adored and recognizable animal on Earth, but this ancient bear is disappearing quickly. Sadly there are less than 2,000 pandas left in wild and only about 400 in captivity.
Animal Planet’s two-hour special Panda Republic premieres Tuesday, January 26, from 8-10 PM ET/PT. Narrated by Jack Black, star of DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming Kung Fu Panda 3, Panda Republic depicts the plight of giant pandas worldwide and draws attention to two Chinese panda centers dedicated to saving the species.
For millions of years, giant pandas have roamed across Southeast Asia, but now, these gentle giants are running out of living space. Without human intervention, pandas will become extinct, so China’s cutting-edge panda centers are determined to save these iconic bears through research and shared responsibilities: Bifengxia Panda Center is dedicated to increasing the panda population in captivity; and Wolong Panda Center is committed to breeding these bears to be released back into the wild – its most ambitious mission to date.