"Pandas of the Sleeping Dragon: With its furry white head, black-ringed eyes, and look of perpetual amusement, the giant panda bear has lumbered intot he hearts of people everywhere. Unfortunately, this endangered creature may be making its last stand in habitats like the bamboo forest in China's 'Mountains of the Sleeping Dragon.' Nature's George Page leads you through this misty and exotic land, catching the panda in its most frequent activity: foraging for, and crunching on, bamboo shoots--a low-energy food that barely keeps this carnivore alive. Temporarily satisfied, the bear then sets off in search of a mate, taking a fresh dirt bath to spread its scent and 'reading' the trees for any scent 'ads' left behind by available females. China has named these gentle animals a national treasure, and this intimate and charming close-up shows you why.
The Panda Baby: The San Diego Zoo faced a bear of a challenge: Becoming the first place outside China to successfully breed and raise a panda in captivity. Would the zoo be able to gain the full cooperation of panda experts in China's Wolong Conservation Center? And what would it do about its potential father bear--an older panda with little interest in procreation? Actor Matthew Modine tells a fascinating, cross-cultural, inter-species story that offers dramatic twists and turns as well as surprising insights into panda mating, reproduction, and 'child care.' The ending turns happy with the breeding birth of Hua Mei, who becomes an international celebrity when she celebrates her first birthday. But questions remain: can she and others bred in captivity ultimately be transferred to the wild? Will there be enough wild left to survive in? In bringing up baby, the zoo raises hopes and fears for the future of all endangered species." --DVD Container