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National Panda Day and Disneynature’s Born in China

Written by: | Published: April 21, 2017 | Updated: September 05, 2023

It’s National Panda Day! Who doesn’t love an adorable panda, right? I bet you didn’t know there was such a thing as National Panda day either. Well… for the love of all pandas, and thanks to Disney Nature,  I have a couple fun things to share with you today.

Character: YaYa and MeiMei – Pandas

National Panda Day

BORN IN CHINA hits theaters today, April 21st. PLUS – if you attend a showing of the film during 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.

I loved Born in China. I’m a fan of live/documentary style nature films, especially when cute animals out in the wild are included. There are amazing shots and tons of information shared in this movie. Plus there are plenty of funny animal moments (the monkeys are crazy silly), learning moments and even a few life lessons. If you’re any kind of animal lover, you must go. Go See BORN in CHINA – check movie times on Fandango

Here’s a cute teaser of the film, Born in China for you…

Printable Panda Fun

Download the Disneynature Born in China activity and coloring sheets packet

Here’s a fun activity packet you can do with the kids. Download it and print it! This file is a zip archive that you need to open and then you will find a PDF. It’s save this way so it is smaller to download. If you have trouble with it, let me know!

download this art by Jen Goode

Plus Panda Fun Facts


I hope you have fun with all this National Panda Day goodness!

Go See BORN in CHINA – check movie times on Fandango

Now let’s look more at this fabulous film… It’s not just about Pandas.

About Born in China

Narrated by John Krasinski (“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” NBC’s “The Office,” “Amazon’s “Jack Ryan”), 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.

Character: TaoTao – Golden snub-nosed monkeys

About Disneynature

Disneynature was launched in April 2008. Its mission is to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife stories on the big screen in order to engage, inspire and educate theatrical audiences everywhere. Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife filmmaking, producing 13 True-Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, which earned eight Academy Awards®. The first six Disneynature films, “Earth,” “Oceans,” “African Cats,” “Chimpanzee,” “Bears” and “Monkey Kingdom” are six of the top seven highest overall grossing feature-length nature films to date, with “Chimpanzee” garnering a record-breaking opening weekend for the genre. Disneynature’s commitment to conservation is a key pillar of the label and the films empower the audience to help make a difference. Through donations tied to opening-week attendance for all six films, Disneynature, through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, has contributed to a host of conservation initiatives. Efforts include planting three million trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, established 40,000 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas, protected 65,000 acres of savanna in Kenya, protected nearly 130,000 acres of wild chimpanzee habitat, cared for chimpanzees and educated 60,000 school children about chimpanzee conservation in the Congo. Additionally, efforts have funded research and restoration grants in U.S. National Parks, supporting conservation projects spanning 400,000 acres of parkland and protecting 75 species of animals and plants, and helped protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats across Indonesia, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. For more information about Disneynature, like us on Facebook: and follow us on Twitter: or Instagram:

Character: Dawa’s cub – Snow Leopard

Heres some more Born in China teasers to watch.

Meet Ya Ya and Mei Mei Clip

Panda Fact Video featuring narrator John Krazinski


Go See BORN in CHINA – check movie times on Fandango

If you go see Born in China, please give me a shout and let me know. I’d love to hear what you think!

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