'Born to Be Wild' Opens in IMAX

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January 09, 2012

Shows every hour from 10:30am-4:30pm.

The American Museum of Natural History

Upper West Side

All Ages

Museum plus IMAX admission: $25; $19 students and seniors; $14.50 children

Description: A new IMAX® film about a miraculous journey of second chances. Narrated by Academy Award-winner Morgan Freeman, this 40-minute film follows orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them, saving endangered species one life at a time.

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

Directed by David Lickley ("Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees"), the film was written and produced by Drew Fellman ("Under the Sea"), who began germinating the idea 17 years ago while backpacking through Southeast Asia. Fellman heard about a place in Tanjung Putting National Park in central Borneo where Dr. Galdikas had been raising orphaned orangutans and decided to go see the place for himself. More than a decade later, Greg Foster, IMAX president of Filmed Entertainment, showed Fellman a piece from "60 Minutes" about another inspiring woman, Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick, and the orphaned wild elephants her foundation raises in Kenya. The story struck a familiar emotional chord, and Fellman instantly knew that the remarkable stories of these two women and the animals to which they have devoted their lives would make an incredible film.

Now showing daily in the LeFrak Theater. To purchase tickets in advance, call 212-769-5200 or visit www.amnh.org (a service charge may apply).

Address: Central Park West at 79th Street
Upper West Side, NY 10024
Phone: 212-769-5100
Website: amnh.org

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