Escape to Chimp Eden
- 2 Seasons
Escape to Chimp Eden is a unique take on the animal world for modern television viewers. Unlike many animal shows that are shot in the African continent, Escape from Chimp Eden has one primary focus, the remaining species of chimpanzees on Earth today. The series is easily the most daring project that the Animal Planet network on cable has attempted. For several years, the show's only human star, Eugene Cussons has been broadcasting amazing film footage about his working rescuing chimpanzees that are hurt, injured, abused, and victims of other human violence. Cussons is the South African director of Chimp Eden, an extension of the Jane Goodall Institute and the only independent sanctuary for these creatures anywhere. Escape from Chimp Eden is produced by two companies for Animal Planet, namely Triosphere and Creative Differences. This has led to a list of five different executive producers for the cable show, which maybe the main downfall of the program. Still it is unlikely that anything would be seen as bad press from Eugene Cussons and his worldwide cause. With only 150,000 chimps left on the planet today, every single rescue is a step in the direction of saving them from extinction. Many of the animals are being liberated from captivity, but the show engages that harsh reality of other problems for modern chimpanzees. Issues in the last seasons have been hunting and poaching of chimps for meat, treatment of their species in zoos, the shrinking of the natural habitat, and the effect global environmental change is having on nearly all life on Earth. Escape from Chimp Eden is not easy to watch sometimes, for the neglect and treatment of these last chimpanzees if cruel. It does show the work of one very dedicated and unsung hero for animal rights today. People of all walks and types of animal rescue work watch the show like gospel. For in it they see both a kindred spirit and a soul who fights one of the most important battles in the animal kingdom. Eugene Cussons, Animal Planet, and Escape from Chimp Eden should be seen by everyone, not just activists for non-humans. The show is educational, heartwarming, and worthy of watching for individuals everywhere, so give chimps a chance.