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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.
Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor is nothing short of exhilarating. The chimps effortlessly cross and scamper through the trees above the gorge, and visitors on the other hand must cross the river using natural bridges in order to keep up with the chimps. So although the walk usually lasts only 2–3 hours, descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness.
Chimpanzee tracking is also available in nearby Kalinzu, a forest reserve 30 minutes drive from Kyambura Gorge Lodge where there is a community of about 40 habituated chimpanzees.