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Born To Be Wild, IMAX Film, Highlights Orphaned Orangutans And Elephants (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 12/11/11 06:04 PM ET Updated: 12/11/11 06:06 PM ET

A new film from Warner Brothers and IMAX tells the courageous story of orphaned orangutans and elephants, and the humans who care for them.

"Born To Be Wild," which is narrated by Morgan Freeman, opens January 9 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Sadly, conservation efforts for these orangutans may be needed now more than ever. Recent research found that villagers in Indonesian Borneo have killed more than 750 orangutans over a yearlong period. Indonesia is home to 90 percent of the world's orangutans, according to AP.

HuffPost blogger Jamie Bechtel writes, "While the findings of the research are terribly sad, they are not terribly shocking."

Orphaned elephants and orangutans aren't the only baby animals receiving special care. In eastern Australia, a group of nearly one hundred orphaned fruit bats were rehabilitated with blankets and bottles last month.

In Colorado, two bear cubs have been receiving care after their mother was shot by a wildlife officer. They are expected to be returned to the wild next year.

Check out the images below from "Born To Be Wild," and vote for your favorites!

For more information about "Born To Be Wild," visit the American Museum of Natural History's website. Images courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.


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