Narrated by Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, this 40-minute documentary explores the plight of the lemurs that call this island home. These critters have an amazing story of adaptation to tell, having arrived somewhat accidentally in Madagascar more than 60 million years ago. Have a peek:
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar introduces us to the lemurs living within Ranomafana National Park, 112,000 acres of protected rainforest, and the preservation work of American primatologist Dr. Patricia C. Wright.
Where once these amazing creatures thrived, today more than 90 percent of their forests have been destroyed. Many of the diverse species that had once evolved are now lost. And more than three quarters of the lemurs that remain are at risk of extinction. It’s a message worth spreading.
What you’ll like:
- All the playful lemurs. They’re cute, they’re playful and the kids will love ’em. The 3D footage certainly makes you feel like you’re among them.
- The focus on conservation. Neither The Big Explorer nor I knew too much about lemurs or their plight, so we both learned a lot.
What you might wish was different:
- It’s only available in IMAX 3D at select theaters (see below for listings). And yes, the 3D version left me with a slight headache, though The Big Explorer was fine.
- It feels short. Yes, the lemurs are cute and the footage is amazing. But both myself and The Big Explorer were left wanting more information at film’s end. What can we do to help the lemurs?
Running time: 40 minutes
Where it’s playing: In Los Angeles at the California Science Center (click here for show times); for show times elsewhere in the U.S., Canada & worldwide, click here
Note: We received complimentary tickets to see Island of Lemurs: Madagascar in exchange for providing my honest review with you. Read my full disclosure policy for more information.
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