Into The Jungle is a unique and inspiring film about two Yarra Valley locals who headed into the depths of Papua New Guinea to save a rare and endangered species of tree kangaroo. Featuring guest appearances from Sir David Attenborough, Dr Jane Goodall and Professor Tim Flanagan, the film is a rich and remarkable story.
Jim and Jean left the Yarra Valley in 2000 to pursue, what was at that point, simply a strong need to do something to save a species whose numbers were plummeting rapidly. The remote terrain, cultural barriers and lack of funding were just the start of the obstacles they had to overcome. The story of how their journey unfolded is captured beautifully in this film.
Peter Hannaford and the Judith Eardley Save Wildlife Association (JESWA) gave an initial donation to Jean and Jim to help them get started in Papua New Guinea. It proved to be one of the best ways that the organisation could have spent money for wildlife.
The relationship continues as Together For Wildlife, (the online continuation of JESWA) now support Jim and Jean’s Tenkile Conservation Alliance, so it is fitting that they are celebrating their first birthday online by screening Into The Jungle in Healesville’s Memo Hall on Sunday 1 March.
The event will include a Welcome To Country performed by Shane Charles, speeches by Healesville Sanctuary director Ross Williamson and Peter Hannaford. Add in some local wine from Mac Forbes and chocolate from Loving Earth and you have everything you need for a magical Sunday afternoon in the valley. The event starts at 1.30pm, while the film itself is at 2.45pm.
For more information about Together For Wildlife, visit https://www.togetherforwildlife.org.au/.