African Cats Aids in the African Savanna Concervation Effort


Disneynature debut their film “African Cats” on the week of April 22-28 in 2011. The film, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, is a story which features some pretty interesting African wildlife like lions and cheetahs as the main characters of a family-appropriate drama blended with humor and a deeply rooted message of determination and perseverance. The film, directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill, follows a lion cub, Mara, on her journey of wanting to become as strong as her mother. It features other characters including Sita, a cheetah mother of five newborn cubs that are quite the handful. Viewers are also introduced to Fang, the fearless lion who is leader of the pride who must battle a rival lion and his family to keep his own family safe. This movie has been compared to a real life “Lion King” which aids in delivering the overall message right into the hearts and minds of the viewers.

The underlying message in this film, and even a campaign that follows is one of awareness, conservation, and longevity of many species of animal that call the African Savanna home. The campaign following the film is titled “See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” which focuses on awareness of Kenya’s Amboseli Wildlife Corridor (KAWC) and the need to preserve this ancient migration path used by a majority of Africa’s wildlife. Partial proceeds from the opening week of the film will be donated to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) for use in preserving the lands which make up this 50,000 acre plot. If one could take the borough of Manhattan and double it, which would be the overall size of the KAWC.

On top of the partial proceeds from the film, money will also be raised by allocating some of the proceeds of “African Cats” jewelry and artwork as well as the Jordin Sparks single “The World I Knew”. These efforts will be combined with a multitude of other contribution facets to surely produce a favorable outcome in the matters of wildlife conservation.

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