Through the release of its new film, Born in China, Disneynature takes moviegoers on a journey into the wilds of China. The film follows three animal families—the elusive snow leopard, the clever monkey, and the majestic panda—as they struggle to survive over the course of a year while embracing the challenge of raising their families. Narrated by actor John Krasinski (“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” NBC’s “The Office,” “Amazon’s “Jack Ryan”), Born in China is the latest film from Disneynature to bring audiences stories of nature from across the world to life on the big screen.
"To be asked to be a part of something that I feel is not only so beautiful and such great storytelling, but is so important, I was honored to be a part of it, said Krasinski. "To find this unbelievable landscape that was far beyond the cities and the bustling crowds of the China that I thought I knew was just fascinating.”
The film will also support WWF’s conservation efforts in China. Moviegoers who see Born in China opening week (April 21-27) will help support WWF’s work in the region. For every ticket sold opening week in participating markets, Disneynature will make a donation to WWF to help protect wild pandas and snow leopards by restoring habitat corridors in China through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.
Funds raised from Born in China will focus on improving landscape connectivity and integrity across three landscapes that are home to the species in the film and covering the traditional range of the giant panda, including the Middle East Qinling, Northern Minshan, and Middle Qionglai landscapes. Additionally, funds raised will aide WWF’s efforts to increase wild panda populations, and enhance conservation stewardship to local communities, including up to 10,000 people.
Strategies to achieve these conservation goals include increasing protected areas, establishing and restoring key wildlife corridors, improving management of protected areas, and establishing a biodiversity monitoring platform, including panda, snub-nosed monkeys and other flagship endangered species. The plan will also further work with communities toward more sustainable livelihoods and efficient rural energy, enhancing protection of these vibrant landscapes.