Jane Goodall, a primatologist (primates), ethologist (animal behavior), anthropologist (humankind) and generally considered the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, stopped by “The Daily Show” Monday (April 16) to promote a new movie called “Chimpanzee,” a nature documentary from Disneynature.
The documentary sounds fascinating. When little Oscar’s mother is killed by a leopard, he tries to find someone in his tribe to take care of him, but none of the females will because they all have their own babies to take care of. So instead, the leader of the tribe, Freddy, a male chimpanzee, adopts Oscar and begins taking care of him. Which Goodall says is an extraordinary thing to have happen and something she’s really never seen before.
Host Jon Stewart seems particularly excited about the movie and he makes sure to find out that Oscar and Freddy do indeed survive, in case you were worried about that. We have heard to bring some tissues for when Oscar’s mom is killed, but Goodall assures Stewart his kids, ages six and seven, can go see the movie.
Oh, and if you go see it the first week, a portion of the box office proceeds go to the Jane Goodall Institute, which is a a global nonprofit that encourages and helps people to make a difference for all living things.
Will you be checking out “Chimpanzee” this weekend? It opens nationwide Friday, April 20.