Chimpanzee tells the story of Oscar, a three-year old chimpanzee from the forests in Uganda and the Ivory Coast, which is where the film was shot over a three-year period. Oscar is part of a large family of chimps that live in a curious and sometimes dramatic environment and his early life is much as you would expect. However, a second chimp family enter their territory and start vying for control, leading to a skirmish that leaves Oscar orphaned. The film follows Oscar’s incredible story as an unlikely ally takes him in.
The film is a joint production between Disney and the Jane Goodall Institute, who have worked together in an effort to support chimpanzees. Following in the tradition of Disneynature movies, Disney made a donation for every person that went to see the film in opening week after the film was launched on Earth Day 2012.
Volcanoes Safaris has been involved with conservation and supporting the chimp populations of Uganda since 1997 and offer guests the options to track chimps in the Kyambura Gorge, Kibale and Kalinzu. The chimps are thought to be extremely intelligent and are our closest relative. Volcanoes believe that the future of the species is vital and promote the work of chimpanzee conservationists across Africa.
To see the trailer for the movie and find out more about it, visit the Disney website.