Recently, I had the opportunity to watch a preview screening of the IMAX show “Island of Lemurs – Madagascar” which had recently opened at the Omni-Theatre Singapore on 10 October.
It is always an enjoyment for me to watch a nature-themed documentary. The script of “Island of Lemurs – Madagascar” is actually well decorated with injects of humour, delivered by Morgan Freeman, the narrator of the show. If you are familiar with Morgan Freeman, you will be familiar with his deep soothing voice which delivers these documentaries very well. Coincidentally the English version of my all-time favourite documentary “March of the Penguins” was also narrated by him. 🙂
You can expect to see scenes of sifaka lemurs “dancing” and a mouse lemur being “captured by aliens”, cleverly accompanied by chirpy music which accentuates the humour of the script. It should be easy for children to understand and appreciate as well!
Amidst the light humour, the conservation awareness message is still strong. The lemurs are not native to Madagascar as they first appeared there as castaways from mainland Africa about 60 million years ago. Yet, while the lemurs are already extinct in mainland Africa, those that are residing in Madagascar have evolved and continued to survive. Although the Madagascar lemurs have learnt to adapt in face of challenges, they still face the challenge of a shrinking habitat today. As a result, their numbers are dwindling. The primatologists have an uphill task to help the remaining species survive, and efforts have gone both into awareness building and actual conservation work.
This part of the show reminded me of “Born to be Wild”, another IMAX show which featured the efforts of conservation activists helping the African Elephants and the Borneo Orangutans. Acts of mankind might inadvertently cause another living species to be endangered. It is important to be more conscious about sharing this space that we have on earth. Do catch the show and share with us your takeaway too!
The IMAX show “Island of Lemurs – Madagascar” is currently showing at the Omni-Theatre Singapore until 31 Mar 2015. For more information, please click here.