Miracle Babies; Pandas and Leopards

A wonderful new series on Nat Geo WILD this Tuesday, September 13th and Wednesday, September 14.

Nat Geo WILD takes viewers around the world to follow dedicated people working to save Nature’s Miracle Babies – often the last hope for critically vulnerable species. Each animal they raise to adulthood is a step away from extinction, with the ultimate challenge to return them to the wild. We’ll see ambitious programs to save diverse species from the outback of Australia, the savannahs of East Africa, the Brazilian Amazon and some of the most successful zoo breeding programs in the world.

Miracle Babies: Baby Pandas
Tuesday, September 13, at 8P ET/PT
The giant panda is one of the world’s most iconic species, but its population numbers are critically low. It is extremely difficult for female pandas to reproduce in captivity, but the city of Chengdu in central China has become the worldwide epicenter for panda reproduction. The Atlanta Zoo in Georgia is borrowing Chengdu’s winning technique to help try and have a baby of its own. Meanwhile, at Whipsnade Zoo in the U.K., a pregnant Indian rhinoceros readies herself for birth after a 16-month wait. And on the banks of the Amazon in Brazil, a tamarin expert works to save the tiny primates, which are struggling to survive as bulldozers wipe out their forest homes to make way for new development.

Miracle Babies: Leopard Love
Tuesday, September 13, at 9P ET/PT
The rarest big cat on earth, the Amur leopard, is on the brink of disappearing forever. Found in the frozen forests near Russia’s border with Korea, the cats are feared to have just 30 members left in the wild. A new captive breeding program may be the cats’ last hope. At the London Zoo, three female gorillas gussy up for a visit from a handsome male gorilla brought in from nearby France. If the matchmaking goes well, the zoo hopes to welcome its first baby gorilla in more than 20 years. And Kenya boasts a unique orphanage … for elephants! Most of the babies saw their mothers killed by ivory poachers, but with the help of this program they learn to deal with their traumatic early lives and grow to healthy, happy adults.

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