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Nat Geo Wild announces a global special on apes
MUMBAI: Nat Geo Wild has announced a special that will air globally in July. Primatologist Jane Goodall will introduce the two-hour special ‘Kingdom of the Apes’.
For centuries, we’ve known chimpanzees are fascinating and intelligent animals sharing many qualities with humans, and now the special will explore deeper into the complex species to reveal their culture and personality.
Nat Geo Wild executive VP, GM Geoff Daniels said, “Jane Goodall has been working with great apes for more than 50 years and we are so excited to get an inside look at her apes in Africa. This special transports us into her wild jungle for a deeper look at these magnificent and intelligent animals.”
The two-hour television special includes the chimpanzee characters from Tanzania’s famed Gombe Stream National Park, where Goodall began her pioneering work more than 50 years ago. Her field study revealed the individual personalities of chimpanzees and the complexities of their communities. Kingdom of the Apes features the life stories of some the best known great apes that have ever lived. Their individual personalities have shaped the fates and fortunes of each of the animal characters.
Some of the best natural history behaviour pieces together the most dramatic events in the lives of the key great ape characters. We will see behaviours including the struggle for power and politics, going to war to defend their kingdom, and even using sex as part of their social strategy — questioning the line between what is ape and what is human.
The humans closest cousins in the animal kingdom are living out dramas that are totally epic, and yet startlingly familiar. Young warriors go to war, kings rise and fall and mothers lovingly raise their young while preparing them for the challenges ahead. The special follow along as two brothers, Frodo and Freud, battle for supremacy. The ultimate prize for one of them is control of their Gombe kingdom.
Then the special travels deep into the mountains of Rwanda, where a fearless leader, Titus, king of the mountain gorillas, risks everything to keep his throne safe from his own son.
The special witnesses the trials and tribulations of the animal kingdom. Who will dominate? Who is the smartest? Who has the courage to fight? ‘Kingdom of the Apes’ unveils not only the intricate personalities of the apes, but also the very distinct culture of a group. Their interactions with one another are shockingly epic, and yet startlingly familiar.