Born to be Wild IMAX 3D opens hearts and minds to animal rescue Press Conference

“They’re so close to humans—they share 96 per cent of our genetic material,” said Dr. Galdikas. “They share the same emotions with us. You can read them. You can tell if they’re angry, jealous, even if they’re embarrassed. You can tell if they like something or they don’t like something. They’re very gentle, benevolent, and benign.”

The cast and crew captured unforgettable scenes with the childlike, carefree orangutans.

“One of the particularly memorable shots for me was when there was an orangutan up in a tree, swinging, and he grabs another tree,” said Lickley. “He pulls it and it comes crashing down. We didn’t expect the tree to fall, but that’s the orangutan world is all about. That was an amazing, lucky shot to get, to be there, rolling, when that incident happened.”

Another memorable scene in the film took place in Kenya.

Dr. Galdikas and her son

Dr. Galdikas and her son

“With the elephants, it was the elephant rescue,” Lickley continued. “We hoped that we had a chance to film a baby elephant rescue, but it was right down to the last week of filming and they hadn’t found an elephant to rescue. Then it just kind of happened, right in front of our eyes. We were able to capture it as it was happening.”

Born to Be Wild underlines the bonding between humans and orphans of the wild.

“You reap what you sow with an elephant,” said Dr. Sheldrick. “If a caregiver is kind and loves the elephants from their heart, the elephants will detect that and like him.”

In many ways elephants are just like human children, said Sheldrick.

“When you raise them in the nursery, you see them every day,” she said. “We replace the elephant family with a human family, and the elephants will remember their human family for life. It’s been scientifically proven that the memory part of an elephant’s brain far surpasses human’s memory. The saying that an elephant never forgets is absolutely true.”

Dr.Dame Daphne Sheldrick

Dr.Dame Daphne Sheldrick

“When you are watching Born to Be Wild, there’s something in your heart that reaches out to these animals,” said Lickley. “Dr. Galdikas and Dr. Sheldrick show us that everyone can make a difference. And that’s what this film is trying to do—to get that emotional impact across to the audience.”


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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation .

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