Born to Be Wild 3D is an inspired story of love, dedication, and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them—saving endangered species one life at a time. Stunningly captured in IMAX 3D, Born to Be Wild 3D is a heartwarming adventure transporting moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Birute Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne Sheldrick, as they and their team rescue, rehabilitate and return these incredible animals back to the wild.

Length: 40:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2011
  • Date Released:
    April 8, 2011
  • Alternate Titles: previously titled Animal Orphans
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: Yes
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 15/70, IMAX Digital
  • Distributor:

    IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros.

  • Produced By:
    IMAX Filmed Entertainment
  • Executive Producer:
  • Producer: Drew Fellman; Diane Roberts, line producer; Jill Ferguson, associate producer
  • Director:  David Lickley
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  David Lickley
  • Cinematography: David Douglas
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  Mark Mothersbaugh
  • Editor: Beth Spiegel
  • Narrator: Morgan Freeman
  • Other Credits:
  • Sponsors:


  • Animals
  • Documentary
  • Nature



  • IMAX Hall of Fame, 2022
  • Best Film Produced for the Giant Screen, GSCA 2011 Achievement Awards
  • Best Film for Lifelong Learning, GSCA 2011 Achievement Awards
  • Best Original Score, GSCA 2011 Achievement Awards
  • Best Cinematography, GSCA 2011 Achievement Awards
  • Best Marketing Campaign by a Distributor, GSCA 2011 Achievement Awards

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