“The Cat that Changed America” takes viewers on a journey through a small part of Los Angeles history, spotlighting a wild native, P-22. The world-famous mountain lion that resides right in the heart of Los Angeles, in our very own Griffith Park. Born in the Santa Monica Mountains, P-22 crossed two of the busiest freeways in America, the I-405 and the U.S. Route 101, before he settled in the park. As impressive as that is, P-22 is now trapped, hemmed in by freeways and urban sprawl, with little chance of ever finding a mate.
This new documentary sheds light on the struggles of Angelenos and local conservationists alike that are battling to help P-22 and other mountain lions of the Santa Monica Mountains, while facing resistance from public ignorance and the spread of rodenticides, by raising $50 million dollars for the development of the wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon in Los Angeles.
The film explores how humans in urban areas can coexist with wildlife. As the film’s director, Tony Lee says, “The first half of the film, you fall in love with P-22, and then the other half is a call to action.”
The screening takes place at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens Witherbee Auditorium on October 19,2017, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Following the screening there will be a question and answer panel with Daniel S. Cooper (A.B., Harvard; M.Sc., UC Riverside), Chris DeMarco (B.S. Biology, Principia College, M.Sc. ,CSULA), Gerry Hans (B.S. Biology, University of Illinois), and Zoo Director John R. Lewis (B.S. Animal Science, University of Louisiana).