Audible.co.uk has produced a new full-cast dramatisation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book – The Mowgli Stories, in association with charity partner the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).
The audiobook will feature voice talent including Bill Bailey as Baloo, Richard E Grant as Khan and Martin Shaw as Shere Khan.
The audio adaptation was out on 26th August on Audible.co.uk and the platform will donate 25p per free download of the audio adaptation to the ZSL to help build a future for wildlife.
The partnership between Audible.co.uk and ZSL aims to highlight the plight of the many animals that feature in The Jungle Book and are under threat in the wild, such as the Bengal tiger (Shere Khan) and the sloth bear (Baloo).
Audible.co.uk head Tracey Markham said: “We are committed to producing new exciting audio content for our listeners and this adaptation is really something special. The charity partnership with ZSL is the first of its kind for us and we are really excited to be working with them to support wildlife conservation around the world.”
Sandra Crewe, head of corporate partnerships for ZSL, added: “It is a sad fact that many of the animals that inspired the characters of The Jungle Book are today battling against unprecedented threats in the wild, with some, like the tiger and elephant, facing the terrifying prospect of extinction.
“This fantastic new adaptation is an opportunity to raise awareness of this issue and raise funds to support our worldwide conservation of wildlife and their habitats.”
Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book – The Mowgli Stories is available for download on a range of devices including Kindle, the Audible apps for iOS and Android and various computer platforms.