New film ‘Pandas’ coming to Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park

Pandas are beloved around the world, and now they’re coming to the Fleet’s Heikoff Giant Dome Theater in the IMAX® original film Pandas.

This breathtaking documentary adventure is an amazing experience for the whole family.

Narrated by Kristen Bell (“Frozen,” TV’s “The Good Place”), Pandas follows a curious cub named Qian Qian (pronounced “Chen Chen”) and a team of scientists in a cross-cultural collaboration to release captive-born pandas to their natural, wild habitat.

Meet black bears in New Hampshire and giant pandas in China in this fascinating film.

After years of success breeding captive pandas, scientists at Chengdu Panda Base in China are taking their efforts to the next stage and preparing captive-born cubs for release in the wild.

This model is based on the efforts of Dr. Ben Kilham, who, for 20 years, has been raising orphaned black bear cubs in New Hampshire and later releasing them into the wild. Dr. Hou Rong, Director of Research at Chengdu Panda Base, uses Dr. Kilham’s method to reintroduce captive-born cubs to their natural habitat in an effort to combat a shrinking wild panda population.

Leading the charge at the Chengdu Panda Base in this endeavor is Dr. Jake Owens and research assistant Bi Wen Lei.

Join Qian Qian on her exciting new adventures into the mountains of Sichuan as she experiences nature for the first time and discovers the freedom—and perils—of the wild side.

Related Articles