Escape to Chimp Eden

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  • 2008
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.9  (154)

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.

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Eugene Goes Wild
20. Eugene Goes Wild
June 4, 2009
With his eye on returning chimps to the wild, Eugene travels to the Lekedi Reserve in the Central African country of Gabon. This is prime chimp habitat, the place where he hopes to create a "launch into the wild" camp to prepare his chimps for the future
The Human Alpha
19. The Human Alpha
June 4, 2009
Eugene's hands on work with the new family group begins in earnest. In many ways, he is as much a chimp as the newcomers, who have only known captivity.
The Millennium Family
18. The Millennium Family
May 28, 2009
The new family is released into the empty infant enclosure after leaving quarantine. It is the day in which Eugene has been looking forward to since Jao rejected him several months earlier. But his excitement is tempered with worry with the chance of working "hands on" again. Once the new group has experienced the freedom of the enclosure, they may reject him as well.
Growing Pains for the Infants
17. Growing Pains for the Infants
May 28, 2009
Joa's family is transferred to the old adult enclosure, where there is more room and more chances to make trouble. But what will their reaction be to the new surroundings? Will Cozi feel unsettled and start to regress? How will this affect the group dynamics? Will Zac take the chance at unseating Jao, once and for all?
Moving Day for the Adults (Part 2)
16. Moving Day for the Adults (Part 2)
May 21, 2009
As the adult group settles into their new home, Eugene and Phillip celebrate the success of the move. Then, a seemingly minor dust up between Josephine and Jinga (as they are put in for the night) apparently sparks a major drama.
Moving Day for the Adults (Part 1)
15. Moving Day for the Adults (Part 1)
May 21, 2009
The adult group is becoming more like wild chimps every day, so after months of preparation it's time to move them to a bigger, less controlled enclosure.
The Rise and Fall of Gida
14. The Rise and Fall of Gida
May 15, 2009
Gida has struggled for her place hierarchy since Abu died, and that two females have been introduced to the group.
Tony's Brighter Day
13. Tony's Brighter Day
May 15, 2009
Tony needs a cataract operation and if all does not go well, Tony may not live a normal life again.
Chimp Eden Casanova
12. Chimp Eden Casanova
May 8, 2009
Nicky and Claudette are reunited.
Life in Quarantine
11. Life in Quarantine
May 8, 2009
The alpha female, Martha, of the group is responsible for the success of a new family group at Chimp Eden. Hopefully she will accept Eugene as one of the family so that he can join the other chimps in the outdoor enclosure.
Seven Babies for a New Family (Part 2)
10. Seven Babies for a New Family (Part 2)
May 1, 2009
Last year Eugene was forced to leave two of the babies behind in the Sudan. This time he is determined to save them all.
Seven Babies for a New Family (Part 1)
9. Seven Babies for a New Family (Part 1)
May 1, 2009
Eugene heads back to the Sudan for his biggest rescue yet. This time he has seven young chimps awaiting a rescue.
Zac, The Great Pretender
8. Zac, The Great Pretender
April 24, 2009
Zac, the number 2 male, challenges Jao for the leadership in the family. This showdown was bound to happen someday.
Josephine's Day Out
7. Josephine's Day Out
April 24, 2009
Josephine makes a break from the adult closure, and takes refuge inside the volunteers break room.
A New Home for Suzie and Lily part 2
6. A New Home for Suzie and Lily part 2
April 17, 2009
The chimps transfer is impeded by a series of events while moving from Angola to the sanctuary in South Africa.
A New Home for Suzie and Lily part 1
5. A New Home for Suzie and Lily part 1
April 17, 2009
A pair of young female chimps in Angola are rescued, where one was found locked in a cage at a beach resort exposed to disease from the tourists.
The Family Jao - Cheaper By the Dozen
4. The Family Jao - Cheaper By the Dozen
April 10, 2009
The addition of two baby chimps into the infant enclosure raises concerns.
Josephine is the Name, Trouble is the Game (Part 2)
3. Josephine is the Name, Trouble is the Game (Part 2)
April 10, 2009
Despite the confusion over the death of Apu, the alpha male and the ascension of Amadeus as the new alpha male, Josephine's integration in the group continues.
Josephine is the Name, Trouble is the Game (Part 1)
2. Josephine is the Name, Trouble is the Game (Part 1)
April 3, 2009
A 13 year old aggressive chimp is hindering her integration into the adult area, and a sudden tragedy is felt all over the camp.
Tony's Brush with Death
1. Tony's Brush with Death
April 3, 2009
The season 2 opener finds two chimps being sedated for their move out of quarantine, but one of the chimps is having a bad reaction to the medication used.
Description

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.

Escape to Chimp Eden is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (32 episodes). The series first aired on February 8, 2008.

Where to Watch Escape to Chimp Eden

Escape to Chimp Eden is available for streaming on the Animal Planet website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Escape to Chimp Eden on demand at Amazon Prime and Animal Planet.

  • Premiere Date
    February 8, 2008
  • IMDB Rating
    8.9  (154)