Monkey Kingdom, Disneynature’s eighth True Life Adventure swings into theaters this Friday, April 17, 2015.
Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family retreats, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to uncover untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future.
Featuring a rich variety of characters, including a mischievous mongoose, simple-minded langur monkeys, predatory leopards and monitor lizards, “Monkey Kingdom” is narrated by Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), directed by Mark Linfield (“Chimpanzee,” “Earth”) and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Chimpanzee,” “Bears”). With music from award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Shrek” movies)
See Monkey Kingdom in theaters during opening week (April 17-23) and Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats.
In celebration of Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom I, along with an amazing group of bloggers had the opportunity of attending a screening of the movie, followed by a fun trip to the LA Zoo.
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is home to more than 1,100 mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles representing more than 250 different species of which 29 are endangered. In addition, the Zoo’s botanical collection comprises several planted gardens and over 800 different plant species with over 7,400 individual plants. The Zoo receives over 1.5 million visitors per year and is owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles. The daily management of the Zoo is overseen by Zoo Director John R. Lewis. The Zoo is credited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
I hadn’t been to a zoo in a long time. I was amazed at how beautiful the LA Zoo is, and there is so much to do. Fun for all ages. We were treated to a private tour of select areas of the zoo, where we had the opportunity to learn about several different breeds of monkeys. Did you know that monkeys are susceptible to a lot of the same diseases as humans, like diabetes? We were also told that some monkeys remain monogamous their entire life. That they communicate with their mate and babies in several different ways, one being a song that no other family of monkeys will sing. Also a fun fact – the Black Howler Monkey is the loudest land animal in the world. It’s all so fascinating! I can’t believe how intelligent they are.
Three things you don’t want to miss while visiting the LA Zoo.
1) The monkeys of-course. Happily living in large habitats, these animals are amazing to watch.
2) Shopping. Especially the International Marketplace. Filled with fun, memorable gifts and lot’s of treasures.
3) The carousel! Trust me, no matter age or what you’re thinking while reading this. Taking the time to experience their beautiful carousel is a must. It’s a sure way to put a smile on anyone’s face.
I really enjoyed my visit, and look forward to returning sometime with my family. A big thank you to Cathy Walker, the Manager of Private and Special Events for the LA Zoo for putting our afternoon together and hosting us.
To learn more about the LA Zoo, visit their official website at www.lazoo.org.
Visiting the LA Zoo was the perfect way to celebrate seeing the newest Disneynature film, Monkey Kingdom. A perfect pairing.
Be sure to see Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom in theaters this Earth Day, April 17, 2015!
See Monkey Kingdom opening week (April 17–23) and Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats.
Below is just a few places your donation will go to help save the monkeys!
Projects support programs across Indonesia, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka.
Conservation International will:
1)Protect monkeys and other endangered species
2)Save and restore forest habitats
3)Partner with and support local communities
Further activities in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Indonesia will include researching, rescuing and rehabilitating monkeys, patrolling protected areas which serve as important habitats for monkeys and other species, planting trees and supporting community education and forest-friendly jobs.
More on the Conservation International Program
MONKEY KINGDOM (4/17/15)
Watch for my Monkey Kingdom film review to be posted on Friday April 17th.
FTC Disclosure: Travel, lodging, and meals were provided in exchanged for #MonkeyKingdom #LAZoo coverage. I was not asked or influenced to write a positive blog post. All opinions expressed are still honest and my own.