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Media Contact: Shell Amega
Natalie Lesly
June 2, 2005

New IMAX film opens June 24, 2005 at the California Science Center

Los Angeles—Wild Safari 3D: A South African Adventure, the ultimate real-life adventure, transports viewers to the most spectacular wildlife reserves to search for the “Big Five”—five of the most dangerous and elusive animals in Africa. With groundbreaking 3D technology, the audience feels as if they are in the passenger seat of an open-air safari vehicle, traveling through rough terrain to get face-to-face with towering elephants and roaring lions. Wild Safari 3D opens at the California Science Center IMAX Theater on June 24, 2005.

Wild Safari 3D, is the first large format film to capture wildlife in action with stereoscopic photography. Innovative camera techniques were used to ensure that viewing this film is the closest experience to actually being on safari. Never before has wildlife been seen with such realism on the giant screen.

From the abundant grasslands of Addo/Shamwari to the savannahs of the Kalahari, viewers of Wild Safari 3D make a three thousand mile journey on a quest for the Big Five, a group that includes the elephant, the Cape buffalo, the rhino, the leopard and the lion. The term originates from the hunting days of the 19th century, before the protection of wildlife reserves. “The Big Five were the most fearsome animals to hunt,” says Director Ben Stassen. “When tourists in the present day go to South Africa, the challenge is to see all the animals on one trip.” Tour guide Liesl Eichenberger, a young South African zoologist and field guide, conducts the game drive for viewers from an open vehicle and presents essential information about the different animals as if the audience is actually in the backseat. Traveling to six National Parks in South Africa, she focuses on finding one of the Big Five animals for each game reserve visited. Highlights include a group of white rhinos, once so rare there were less than one hundred in the world, as well as a playful baby elephant clinging to the lofty legs of its mother.

Wild Safari 3D gives viewers a new appreciation for the beauty and grace of creatures that have only recently been brought back from the brink of extinction. “By showing these majestic animals in their wild habitat we want people to see that they are real treasures worth saving”, says Stassen. Cinematic immersion in the natural habitats of these wild animals demonstrates the importance of the many conservation efforts being made today.

Film Schedule:
June 24 to September 1, 2005
Wild Safari 3D: A South African Adventure at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, & 4:30pm
Roar: Lions of the Kalahari at 1:30pm (additional show at 5:30pm Sat/Sun only)
Forces of Nature at 11:30am & 3:30 pm


California Science Center is located at 700 State Drive-Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission to the exhibits is free. IMAX Theater tickets range from $4.50 to $7.50. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible. Visitors can enter the parking lot at 39th and Figueroa Street. Parking is $6. For general information, phone (323) SCIENCE or visit our web site at www.californiasciencecenter.org.
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