May 20, 2012

Disneynature releases new film: Chimpanzee

Disneynature has released their latest documentary film, Chimpanzee, which follows Oscar, a young chimp, as he is taken on a truly remarkable journey through the jungles of Africa.

Chimpanzee tells the true 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. His early life is much as you would expect until a second chimp family enters their territory and starts vying for control. This leads 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. 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 supporting and conserving the chimp populations of Uganda since 1997 and offer guests the options to track chimps in Kyambura Gorge, Kibale Forest and Kalinzu Forest Reserve.

Chimpanzees are our closest relatives and known to be extremely intelligent. Volcanoes believe that the preservation of the chimpanzee species is vital and promote the work of chimpanzee conservationists across Africa.

You can read more about Chimpanzee, and the making of the film, here.

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