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September 22, 2011

"Born To Be Wild 3D" - Wild Animals Up Close and Personal

IMAX film shows the larger-than-life world of orangutans and elephants

“As our world expands into theirs, more and more wild animals lose their families, and their very existence on Earth is in danger…”

So go the resonant opening lines of the trailer for the breathtaking new IMAX movie, "Born to be Wild 3D," spoken in the familiar, rich tones of the film’s narrator, the Academy Award®-winning Morgan Freeman.  An inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals, this film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them—saving endangered species one life at a time.

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Stunningly captured in IMAX 3D, "Born to be Wild 3D" is a heartwarming adventure that transports moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick, as they and their teams rescue, rehabilitate, and return these incredible animals back to the wild.

A virtual adventure for adults and children alike, "Born to be Wild 3D," playing exclusively at IMAX theatres, enables you to roam with elephants, swing with orangutans, and witness animal conservation work first-hand. Teachers and schools can use the film as a larger-than-life field trip. They can bring awareness of these awe-inspiring animals and the need to protect them into their classrooms by downloading the "Born to be Wild 3D" educational materials. They can contact their local IMAX theatre for group sales and ticket information.

Check out these original webisodes detailing the behind-the-scenes adventures of “Born to be Wild 3D.”

 Episode 1: "Borneo"
See how the documentary crew dealt with filming in an off-the-beaten-path rainforest, and how palm oil plantations are endangering the orangutan population.

Episode 2: "Kenya"
Learn about the amazing work of Daphne Sheldrick of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and her fifty-year career rescuing orphaned African elephants.

Episode 3: "Camp Leakey"
Go inside orangutan research and care center Camp Leakey, where a population of great apes have been studied, raised, and rehabilitated by founder Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas.

Episode 4: "Coming Home to Tsavo"
Witness the ins and outs of raising baby elephants, from feeding to sleeping to playtime, and how the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust staff dedicates 24-hour supervision to these young and surprisingly vulnerable creatures.

Episode 5: "Caregivers"
Meet the people who work at Camp Leakey and The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and see their devotion to the orangutans and elephants that they care for.

Episode 6: “Wild” Filmmaking
Follow the film crew as they work with unbearable heat, pouring rain, a 350-pound camera, and numerous untrained animals during the production of “Born To Be Wild 3D.”

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