Eugene Cussons uses his family's land to open a chimp sanctuary, where he performs hands-on rehabilitation, all the while travelling to various countries on rescue missions.
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Eugene Cussons uses his family's land to open a chimp sanctuary, where he performs hands-on rehabilitation, all the while travelling to various countries on rescue missions.

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Interesting series highlights a devastating reality
6 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Escape to Chimp Eden highlights the tragically real events at Chimp Eden Sanctuary which is co-owned and subsequently sanctioned by The Jane Goodall Institute and the legendary conservationist herself. Chimp Eden is the only sanctuary of its kind in South Africa, where chimps are rescued on frequently dangerous missions by the sanctuary's founder Eugene Cussons. At the sanctuary, the chimpanzees are given large semi-wild environments to learn about life in the wild and develop social relationships with other chimps in the hopes that some day they can return to the wild.

The show highlights the sacrifices and terribly difficult decisions that Cussons has to make for the chimpanzees. Cussons is driven by the terrible reality that chimpanzees are being hunted for bush-meat. When a family of wild chimps is killed for their meat, their babies are captured and sold as pets (if they survive at all). A few lucky ones have ended up at Chimp Eden with a chance of returning to the wild.

This show is important because it highlights, sometimes with graphic footage, the desperate need for the conservation of our closest cousins. Escape to Chimp Eden works not just as a television series, but as a plea on behalf of all the chimpanzees struggling to survive and the humans who sacrifice so much to help them.


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