Last week we embarked on an epic adventure to make some new friends with the real-life animals featured in The Wild Life, Lionsgate's latest animated film about the somewhat true story of Robinson Crusoe. While we didn't meet the actual cast from the film, they are animated animals after all, we did get to get up close and personal with some pretty exotic and rare creatures from the San Diego Zoo featured in the film, The Wild Life
The Wild Life opens in theaters September 9th!
Getting Up Close and Personal with the Animals from The Wild Life
Starring in The Wild Life are some pretty quirky characters who are sure to steal your heart, and few of them happen to live at the San Diego Zoo. From the over-exuberant parrot Mak to the persnickety echidna Epi, even the acrobatic pangolin Pango and the commonsensical kingfisher Kiki, meeting these amazing animals in person was an unbelievable experience.
A typical sighting of the Macaws is of a single bird or a pair flying above the forest canopy. Communicating is primarily through raucous squawks; however, captive macaws are known to mimic human speech. Macaws eat mostly fruits, nuts and seeds, including large, hard seeds they crack with their proportionately large beaks. The macaw can live up to 75 years in captivity, although a more typical lifespan is 40 to 50 years
Echidnas, sometimes known as spiny anteaters, and together with the platypus, are the only living mammals that lay eggs. The diet of some species consists of ants and termites, but they are not closely related to the true anteaters of the Americas. Fun fact: When an echidna is in a ball, it really can roll like you see in the film.
The physical appearance of a pangolin is marked by large, hardened, overlapping plate-like scales made from keratin, the same protective protein our nails and hair are made of. Most pangolins are nocturnal animals that use their well-developed sense of smell to find insects. The San Diego Zoo is home to the only pangolin in the United States.
A species of the kingfisher, known as the laughing kookaburra and the largest bird of the kingfisher family, stole the show with its call which closely resembles laughter. A bird of prey famous for hunting and eating fish, annelid worms, insects, spiders, centipedes, and reptiles (including snakes), the kingfishers are shy birds who defend their territories vigorously. Check out its one-of-a-kind call below.
For more sights and sounds from our adventure in San Diego, watch our promotional video for San Diego below.
About The Wild Life
From the over-exuberant parrot Mak to the snack-obsessed tapir Rosie, from the persnickety echidna Epi to the acrobatic pangolin Pango, from the ditzy goat Scrubby to the commonsensical kingfisher Kiki and the always-cool chameleon Carmello, things are larger-than-life on a tropical isle that is pure wild animal paradise.
Then Robinson Crusoe, a marooned human, arrives in the midst of a furious storm, and their lives are forever changed by this bewildering new “creature.” No matter their differences, castaway human and quirky animals embark on an hilarious new adventure, building the island’s first tree-house and surviving together.
But when two conniving members of the animal kingdom — the savage cats Mal & May – pounce into a battle for control of the island, Crusoe and his animal posse must uncover the true power of friendship against all odds (even savage cats).
Portions of this material has been provided courtesy of Lionsgate.