Opening day event features animals from Dade City Wild Things
Tampa, FL (June 23, 2014) — PANDAS: THE JOURNEY HOME, opens in MOSI’s IMAX® DOME Theatre on Saturday, June 28 and runs through June 2015. The film gives audiences a unique glimpse into one of the most incredible conservation efforts in human history. MOSI will celebrate the opening of its newest film with a premiere event on Saturday, June 28, from noon – 3 p.m. Guests can play games, take a picture with a giant panda, create Chinese lanterns and panda puppets, learn about animals from Dade City Wild Things and win prizes.
PANDAS: THE JOURNEY HOME, a groundbreaking natural-history film, captures for the first time the highly endangered giant pandas living in Wolong National Nature Reserve in the People’s Republic of China. The scientists’ goal: to increase the numbers in captivity and, far more ambitiously, to return pandas to the wild — to their natural home. The giant panda is one of the rarest species on our planet. Shy, elusive and gentle creatures, they once ranged in great numbers between Beijing and the Himalayas. But now, after centuries of human expansion and destruction of their habitat, the giant pandas are on the brink of extinction, with fewer than 1,600 remaining.
Directed by Nicolas Brown (Human Planet) and produced by Caroline Hawkins (Meerkats), PANDAS: THE JOURNEY HOME, is an Oxford Scientific Films Production for National Geographic Entertainment and Sky, in association with the Chinese Wildlife Conservation Association, Wolong Panda Conservation Centre, CCTV9 and Nat Geo WILD.
Narrated by actress Joely Richardson, the 40-minute large format film follows the pandas at a significant milestone in their history. After decades of captive breeding, the Wolong National Nature Reserve has hit its target number of 300 giant pandas and now must tackle the challenge of reintroducing breeding populations of the species into the wild. Filmmakers were given unrivalled access to the Wolong National Nature Reserve with the support of the Chinese
Wildlife Conservation Association and the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda. Oxford Scientific Films was granted permission to film the rare release of a panda bred in captivity and to follow a group of pandas being prepared for the wild in a mountain habitat, a first for a Western film crew. Alongside the natural breeding program, the film also captures the captive breeding program, including footage of new-borns, young pandas playing, and methods of encouraging pandas to mate. With this iconic creature excruciatingly close to extinction, PANDAS: THE JOURNEY HOME is an extraordinary picture of how pandas live and the astonishing measures conservationists are taking to ensure their future.
“PANDAS: THE JOURNEY HOME will give audiences insight into the extraordinary strides that have been made towards saving the panda in the wild, but will also convey that much work has yet to be done,” said Lisa Truitt, president of National Geographic Cinema Ventures (NGCV).
You can learn more about Pandas: The Journey Home by visiting its official site at http://movies.nationalgeographic.com/movies/pandas/.
PANDAS: THE JOURNEY HOME will play at MOSI’s IMAX DOME Theatre through June 2015. For information on tickets and show times, call 813-987-6000 or visit the website at mosi.org.
About MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)
MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) and is home to the only IMAX® DOME Theatre in the state of Florida. With a total size of more than 400,000 square feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States. Learn through play inside Kids In Charge! the largest Children’s Science Center in the nation; The Amazing You—a 13,000-square-foot exhibition on health and wellness; or Disasterville, featuring Bay News 9 WeatherQuest, which combines education and 10,000 square feet of interactive exhibits on the science behind natural disasters. Conquer your fears on MOSI’s Sky Trail® Ropes Course, featuring 35 elements on a 12 – 36-foot-high, multilevel structure, or soar 700 feet on the Sky Trail Zip Line. Budding inventors can engineer anything imaginable and hold it in the palm of their hand in MOSI’s new technology playground and inventor’s studio, Idea Zone, and preschoolers can experiment with friction and collision physics in Slippery Science, a PNC Passport to Science – Grow Up Great Initiative. Additionally, MOSI recently unveiled its newest exhibition Mission: Moonbase, funded in part by NASA, where guests can travel to the moon to operate a lunar colony. MOSI is the proud winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for museums. For more information on MOSI, visit www.mosi.org.
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