After so many years in the wild, anthropologist Jane Goodall became very close to her subjects. So will we, when Exploris presents Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees starting Nov. 1.
Shot in Tanzania's Gombe Stream National Park, the film details Goodall's groundbreaking research on the complexities of chimp interaction, and particularly their use of tools. The result is a celebration of those animals with which we share 99 percent of our genetic code, and a tribute to a professional who has devoted the last 40 years to studying, promoting and defending them.
It's all very educational--even if the movie fixates on individual primate personalities more for the storytelling in places than for science.
But since it does, before it's over we get extremely up-close and personal with alpha male Frodo and his mother Fifi, along with neighbors Gremlin, Gaia, Golden and Glitter. But the one to really watch in this primal group is Titan. He's young, he's ambitious and he's making no secret of his desire to relieve Frodo of his alpha manhood--as it were.
When 70-foot tall chimps attack, will the audience go ape as well? We find out Nov. 1.
Exploris members can snap up advance tickets Oct. 18, and the rest of us can get our tickets a week later. For more information about Exploris, go online to www.exploris.org. For more on Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees, check out www.wildchimpanzees.org.