Each year Disneynature releases a new documentary about animals in their natural habitat. This year, Disneynature’s Born in China focuses on three animal families; pandas, golden monkeys, and snow leopards. I’ve had the opportunity to see the film twice, and I can’t say enough good things about this true life adventure film! Born in China is a family friendly documentary that invites you into the world of China’s most precious animals.
Moviegoers who see Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born in China” during its opening week (April 21-27, 2017) will benefit the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Based on opening-week attendance, Disneynature, via the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will make a contribution to the WWF to help protect wild pandas and snow leopards in China. How easy is that? Just go see an amazing film, and you’ll help animals in need!
I was invited as media to cover this press event. All opinions are my own.
About Disneynature’s Born in China:
#BornInChina In theaters 4/21/17
Narrated by John Krasinski, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain—from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest—on the wings of red-crowned cranes, seamlessly tying the extraordinary tales together. Opening in U.S. theaters on Earth Day 2017, “Born in China” is directed by accomplished Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan, and produced by Disney’s Roy Conli and renowned nature filmmakers Brian Leith and Phil Chapman.
Disneynature’s Born in China – Fun Facts about Pandas
- China is the only place in the world where Giant Pandas live in the wild.
- Giant Pandas stand between 5’2″ and 6’2″. Males weigh 190-275 pounds, while females weigh 155-220 pounds.
- Pandas live about 14-20 years in the wild.
- The average female produces 5-8 cubs in her lifetime. She can start reproducing at 4-5 years old.
- Pandas leave their mother for good around age 3.
- Giant Pandas are bears, but they do not hibernate. They do, however, spend a lot of time resting and sleeping – when they’re not eating.
- Pandas eat up to 40 pounds of bamboo every day.
Disneynature’s Born in China – Fun Facts about Snow Leopards
- Snow leopards stand about 24 inches tall at the shoulder. They measure 4-5 feet in length and between 77 and 121 pounds.
- The powerful cats have short front legs and long hind legs used to spring forward as much as 30 feet.
- At 40 inches long, snow leopards’ tails are nearly as long as they are. The tails are used for balance and, when wrapped around the animal, warmth.
- Their thick coats are white to yellow with a gray-and-black pattern that helps camouflage the animals against their rocky terrain habitat.
- A snow leopard’s home range can vary between 11 and 386 square miles.
- They are wary of humans and not easy to observe, study or film.
- Females can begin to reproduce at 2-3 years old and typically have 2-3 cubs per litter. They don’t learn to hunt until they’re about a year old, and leave home at around age 2.
Disneynature’s Born in China – Fun Facts about Golden snub-nosed Monkeys
- They are endangered species and listed under the Chinese Wildlife Protection Law. Scientists estimate that there are between 8,000-10,000 remaining.
- They stand 22-29 inches tall. Their tales measure almost as long as their bodies.
- Males weigh 40 pounds, and females weigh 25 pounds.
- They live high up in China’s coniferous and deciduous broad-leafed forests at elevations of 4,593 to 9,186 feet where it snows six months out of the year.
- Infants are carried by their mothers until they are 2 weeks old. Then they begin to explore. At 2-3 months old, they begin to play with other monkeys their age.
Born in China Trailer: