I once had a cat that had really big eyes, a ringed-tail and was the most agile little guy. He was my first baby, or at least her thought I was his mama. My parents started saying that he looked like a ring-tailed lemur and thus began my love for these amazing little creatures called lemurs. Saturday morning, we got a chance to catch Island of Lemurs: Madagascar before it comes out in theaters this week. In exchange, you get to read this fancy review.
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We love movies and we love nature. We were excited to have the opportunity to see it before the movie came out. We saw it in an IMAX theater, in 3D. The cinematography was amazing! The story takes place in the spectacular rainforests on the island of Madagascar with Morgan Freeman as the narrator. I adore him! I love what a great story teller he is! The entire movie is shot in IMAX 3D and it’s really stunning!
This educational story of the lemurs of Madagascar is a very interesting one. It is speculated that lemurs arrived on Madagascar, across the ocean, on driftwood raft by chance. I learned so much about these incredible and endangered animals! I had no idea just how much danger the lemurs are to extinction. Madagascar, 90% of the forests have been destroyed due to the human practice of slash and burn agriculture. More than 3/4 of the current dwindling population of lemurs are at risk and in danger of extinction because of this human technique. One of our favorite parts of the movie was watching the lemurs dance. We met the Sifaka lemurs, with their gangly limbs and their uniquely bright, big eyes, not only did they make us laugh, we fell in love with them. No one dances quite like these large lemurs—Sifakas.
The story chronicles American primatologist Dr. Patricia C. Wright’s life’s work to document and save these creatures. Lemurs, we learned are some of the earliest primates that arrived in Madagascar quite by accident, from Bornea some 2,000 years ago. Because there were no natural predators, lemurs flourished on the island of Madagascar and hundreds of species of lemurs evolved. Dr. Wright garnered funding and local support to set up a national forest that protects the very limited remaining rainforest and as a protected area for the lemurs of Madagascar. It was amazing to see how much of her heart she puts into saving these animals.
As Dr. Wright poignantly tells us in the film, if the lemurs of Madagascar become extinct, we will lose these very unique animals. They really are a very diverse group of fantastic animals. What a shame it would be if we lost an entire species that pre-date humans because we, as a species, destroyed their entire habitat.
I had no idea how many species of lemurs there really are! The subject of preservation is something very near and dear to my heart. I was truly touched by this educational film. It’s hard not to fall in love with the individual personalities of lemurs featured in the film and their story of survival for millions of years. It’s tough to imagine a world without these diverse and magnificent creatures. This short flick is less than 40 minutes long, but what a powerful film it is!
What is your favorite animal of Madagascar?
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