City Goes Wild for Animals

National Earth Week is in full-swing and people around the country have their own ways of contributing to the well being of the planet.

To celebrate, local animal lovers are being asked to adopt an orphaned animal. The Challenger Learning Center and IMAX Theater will host the “Born to be Wild” family fun day event on Saturday. The event’s theme is based on “Born to be Wild 3-D,” a new documentary movie produced by Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX. Also, the Tallahassee Animal Shelter Foundation will showcase adoptable pets for those who are interested in adopting. In one week, more than 100 animals were brought into the Tallahassee Animal Shelter, according to shelter officials.

The St. Francis Wildlife Association will also be there to distribute information on how to get involved in wildlife rescue efforts.

“Born to be Wild 3-D” is about second chances and how orphaned elephants and orangutans are rescued and raised by humans. This movie will give moviegoers a chance to see how two primatologist venture into the rainforest of Borneo and across the rugged Kenyan savanna to rehabilitate these animals and send them back into the wild, according to the official website.

Narrated by Academy Award-winner Morgan Freeman, the documentary movie tells the story about what happens to these animals when they are separated from their mothers and how they are cared for until they are fit to live on there own. “Spending so much time among the orphaned elephants and orangutans in this film was a life changing experience,” said producer/writer Drew Fellman.

Saturday’s event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors may receive one free child admission for every regular adult ticket purchased for the 1p.m. General admission prices are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students with a valid ID.