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IMAX Film: Born to Be Wild

May 04, 2011

IMAX Film: Born to Be Wild

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center  opens 5/13/11

The new IMAX film Born to Be Wild drops moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo and the rugged savannahs of Kenya to witness heartwarming stories of second chances for orphaned orangutans and elephants. It’s an inspiring wild-life adventure the entire family will enjoy.

Featuring the voice talents of Morgan Freeman who narrates, Born to Be Wild transports audiences to remote locations where two dedicated women and their teams are doing important work to preserve two endangered animal species one life at a time.

For over four decades, Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, one of the world’s foremost authorities on orangutans, has been pioneering methods for rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing back into the wild Asia’s only great ape species at her center in Borneo. The IMAX cameras capture this very intimate process whereby caregivers raise the abandoned orangutans from infancy to adulthood as if they were their own children.

In the meantime, celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick has been managing a similar type of facility for rescuing elephants in Kenya for nearly 60 years. Sheldrick, who was the first human to successfully raise an infant elephant, knows that the secret is to keep the young elephants happy through interaction with their caregivers and lots of play, as IMAX audiences get treated to a lively game of elephant soccer.

Stunning scenery and close-ups of adorable critters help bring these two remarkable stories home to moviegoers in a very personal way.