The Last Refuge: One Woman's Glimpse of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Synopsis: "The Last Refuge" takes you over the formidable peaks of the Brooks Range and into the last wilderness of its kind on the planet, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Through the story of ...
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Diane Mason
16 min

why panda young

fragile in captivity

seem to thrive in the wild...

This knowledge could

save the species

After years of patient searching

Pan and Lu Zhi now suspect a birth

has occurred in a high den

and set out on a

September morning to investigate

The treacherous slopes of

Qin Ling are like fortress walls...

and perhaps explain why the existence

of giant pandas here was

not confirmed until 1964

A gentle approach...

to glimpse without disturbing

In a cramped cave an adult

female they have tracked closely...

Cradled in her paws

a tiny pink body

Pan will find that a panda mother

devotes herself entirely to her newborn

She holds and soothes

the baby continuously...

neither leaving the den nor

feeding for 25 days

Blind and helpless

the newborn is dwarfed by its mother...

at about four ounces it

weighs only 1/900th as much

Perhaps in part to prevent

an accidental crushing

the infant panda wields a voice

out of all proportion to its body

Professor Pan's hope is that

by studying the baby's needs

he can learn enough to

help avoid misadventures

of the past involving pandas

and human beings

A panda was not seen alive

in the West until 1936

when a cub named Su Lin

was carried to the United States

Though Su Lin would

survive only 18 months

it was love at first sight

The public craved more pandas

and zoos responded

The sudden fad was called


The panda was immediately beloved

but poorly understood...

treated as if the living animal

were itself a child's toy...

...And the toy arrived without

an instruction manual

Keepers could only

guess at its needs

Nearly half died within five years

As a result of our enchantment

one in ten of the world's remaining

pandas lives in captivity today...

among the most popular

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