Disneynature’s new film African Cats highlights the happenings of animals in their natural habitat. Shot over the course of two and a half years using state-of-the-art camera equipment, African Cats captures the awe-inspiring beauty of one of the wildest places on Earth as it tells the dramatic and often intimate stories of Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion clan.
The avid curiosity towards African cats can be easily explained. It’s undeniable: African cats are amazing animals. Lions live for up to 16 years in the wild, cheetahs can run up to 70 miles per hour and there is fossil evidence that shows that jaguars were existent two million years ago. Unfortunately, due to reckless human activity, big cats are beginning to fail the test of time. In the 1940s, there were almost 450,000 African lions world-wide, but today that number has dwindled to a mere 20,000. Lions, commonly referred to as “King of the Jungle,” have been forced to surrender to another king: human greed. Big cats are poached for their skin, poisoned for their parts and taken as pets or circus acts.
And these acts continue to add up. The lack of big cats in their natural habitat can turn entire ecosystems upside down. Big cats are an integral part of the food chain and they help the ecosystem as a whole, even benefiting human societies. It is important that efforts to save and preserve big cats are prioritized.
Disneynature partnered with the African Wildlife Foundation for the Save the Savanna initiative which began with the film’s theatrical release. For every purchase of African Cats on Blu-ray™ & DVD Combo Pack through October 10, 2011, a portion of the proceeds went to help protect the vital Amboseli Wildlife Corridor, a passage between the Amboseli, Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks, with hopes to have a positive long term and sustainable impact on the animals and people of Africa.
Founded in 1961, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is a conservation organization focused solely on the African continent. AWF’s programs and conservation strategies are based on sound science and designed to protect both the wild lands and wildlife of Africa and ensure a more sustainable future for Africa’s people. Since its inception AWF has protected endangered species and land, promoted partnerships with the private sector for conservation tourism to benefit local African communities as a means to improve livelihoods, and trained hundreds of African nationals in conservation — all to ensure the survival of Africa’s unparalleled wildlife heritage. With the magnificence of these animals quickly becoming a rarity, they must be protected before we lose them forever.
And now, Disneynature is making it easy for people to see these and other majestic creatures with a special offer for Care2 members. When you buy African Cats, and any other Disneynature Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, you can save $8 instantly!* Click here to find out more about this special offer & bring home all of the Disneynature classics today!
*This offer is good through Nov. 14, 2011. Valid in the US.& Canada. Void where prohibited, and cannot be combined with any other offer.
Photo taken with permission from Disney Inc.