Category: 2020 Selection
Producers: Jacky Poon, Yuanqi Wu
We know pandas almost entirely from zoos, and little about their behaviour in the wild. Their mountainous home in China covers a huge area of dense bamboo forest, and discovering how wild pandas live has proved almost impossible. Yet that information is vital if this beautiful species is to survive. For three years, award-winning cameraman Jacky Poon and his team of scientists and rangers have had unprecedented access to the Qin Mountains. Not only have they found wild pandas, they have filmed amazing new behaviour: males confronting each other, females held hostage, and mating. It is a breakthrough in panda filming, and a landmark in our understanding of wild pandas.