Defenders of Wildlife partners with Lionsgate® and Crest Animation to promote Alpha and Omega, an animated feature film released in theatres September 17, 2010. The movie about two young wolves relocated from Jasper Park in Canada to the Sawtooth Wilderness of central Idaho follows their adventures as they make their way back home, crossing paths with grizzly bears, caribou herds and a golfing goose.
“The film’s plot offers some parallels to the incredible, real-life success story of the reintroduction of wolves to the Northern Rockies, where hundreds of wolves now make their homes, and highlights several important aspects of wolf biology, including their strong family bonds, hunting behavior and territoriality,” explains Suzanne Stone, Northern Rockies representative for Defenders of Wildlife.
Although, Alpha and Omega is fiction, “wolves are once again a very real part of the Western landscape. Wolves were reintroduced to central Idaho and Yellowstone National Park in 1995, and they have thrived there ever since. Twenty years ago, there were only a few wolves that passed through Idaho; today more than 800 wolves make their home there, with a total of some 1,700 spread across the Northern Rockies, continues Stone. “National parks like Jasper in Canada, and Yellowstone in the United States, are great places for wolves to live. Wolves play an essential role in the ecosystems they inhabit by preying on sick or weak animals, and they keep large herds from lingering too long in one place where they can destroy native plant communities. The survival of the wolf depends on tolerance and understanding from humans, who often fear wolves unnecessarily. But it is possible for wolves, humans and wildlife to coexist—in fact we’ve shared the landscape for thousands of years.
ALPHA AND OMEGA stars Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Dennis Hopper, Danny Glover and Christina Ricci. It is directed by Anthony Bell and Ben Gluck from screenplay by Christopher Denk and Steve Moore and based on a story by Steve Moore.
To learn more about the film visit its official site at www.alphaandomega3d.com and check your local movie listings.
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