Natural World: Chimps of the Lost Gorge

Natural World: Chimps of the Lost Gorge

Series 29

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Review

Chimpanzees are irresistible: intelligent, charming, questing and funny, with a facility for forming the deep bonds that hold together their communities. But sadness runs through this edition of Natural World about the chimps of the Kyambura Gorge in Uganda’s Rift Valley. They have been isolated for 15 years after the destruction of a forest corridor that connected them to a much larger woodland containing several hundred chimps.

The Kyambura Gorge chimp numbers are dwindling, and those tight family relationships are feeling the strain as the animals jockey for power and supremacy. Worse, the females are, bizarrely, producing only male children, so the very future of the community is at risk.

Summary

Documentary providing an insight into the lives of chimpanzees in Uganda's Kyambura Gorge, a deep, forested ravine running through the African savannah. For 15 years, the gorge has been cut off from the rest of the jungle, leaving the animals stranded with limited sources of food. The programme follows the 20 remaining chimps as alpha male Brutus tries to retain control of the family in its daily struggle to survive.

Cast & Crew

Producer Verity White
Series Editor Tim Martin
Series Producer Steve Greenwood
Nature