We watched a wonderful movie this weekend. It's called Chimpanzee....the story of Oscar, the chimp and his life in the rain forest. We fell in love with this little fellow as we followed through his days. He lives with a group of chimps and the story is of their survival...always having to defend themselves against another group of chimps who want their food source. The movie is beautiful...the violence is never seen but you can hear what is happening through narration. That is why it is such a good film for children. We find at the end of the film how the chimpanzee population is dwindling.They say that there were millions of chimps just a few years ago and today they are endangered...only up to 300,000 are left. The population has decreased by 90% in twenty years.This is due to man....destroying the rain forest, disease, and human capture. So, if you're looking for a good movie, even if you are a grownup, you'll love this sweet film.
Jane Goodall has been a personal hero of mine for as long as I can remember. She is a British woman...conservationist, anthropologist, and UN messenger of peace. She has studied these animals for probably 45 yrs. I have watched everything I could find about her life on TV. She is the first to find that chimps can use tools. These particular chimps probably couldn't live without using tools. It's so interesting to see them hitting nuts with rocks to get to the meat or using a stick to poke in an anthill to get ants. She actually lived and breathed chimpanzees most of her life. She has her critics, but I for one...really appreciate her and all she's done for our world.