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What Happened to the Baby Snow Leopards in Born in China

I attended the interview as a guest of Disney

The beautiful Disneynature film Born in China has been released recently on Blu-ray and digital download. While I was at Disney World last month, I had the extreme honor of talking with the creative genius behind the film Born in China, Roy Conli. Conli is well-known for his work on Big Hero 6, Tangled, and Born in China was his first time working on a Disneynature film.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Cochrane Hay‎

Everyone who sees the film is captivated by the story of the snow leopards. The beautiful animals live in a place where many humans could never survive, and the story that we followed in the movie exposed my children to how the snow leopards survive in their harsh climate. Since the movie has already been released in theaters and Blu-ray, many already know that there is a death in the film that leaves baby snow leopards alone to fight to survive in the wild.

Ever since my children have seen the film, they have not stopped asking about what happened to the baby snow leopards? Did they survive? Did they die? Since the movie does not continue to tell the story of what happened to the baby snow leopards, the first question that I had for Roy Conli was, “what happened to the baby snow leopards?”

Conli told me that after they ended filming that the snow leopards disappeared. Chuan, the director, stayed in contact with the rangers who were in the area for about six weeks after the film crew had left. Then Conli shared with me something that everyone who sees the film wants to know, “They found them, and they were alive and healthy,” said Conli. He continued to share with me that they didn’t think they had a chance for survival, and that is amazing to know that they are still alive.

Another thing that everyone wants to know is, why didn’t they step in to save the mom? Conli said, “We are observers, and you have to let nature take its place and run its course.” He continued to share that it was important for Chuan to tell a story that was truthful and to help awaken people to the challenges these animals face and conservation efforts.

Was it a hard decision for them to show the death? Of course. “My feeling was that this is a reality that I think children need to know about, adults need to know about it, and there’s nothing wrong with it,” said Conli.

The film Born in China enlightens the world to the importance of animal life. It is a great way to start talking with children about conservation and fighting to help save animals that are on the brink of extinction. Born in China sparked a lot of conversation about conservation with my children. They have become more passionate about making small changes in their daily life to conserve and protect our Earth.

Born in China is currently available on Blu-ray and digital download with Disney Movies Anywhere.

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