20th Century Fox is giving back in order to help the real life inspiration for some of the characters in their upcoming film War for the Plane of the Apes. The studio announced on Monday that it has entered in a partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute in an effort to help provide sanctuary, food and a happy life for rescued chimpanzees. Many of the rescued chimps are victims of illegal pet trades or, in some cases, are even traded as means for a food source.
The rescued chimps will be housed and cared for at the Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo which is comprised of three island sanctuaries. The sanctuary sites will allow the animals, who were so viciously stolen from their natural habitat, a chance to return to an environment that mirrors their life in the wild and is also safe for them. The animals will also be able to build social communities, like the do naturally in the wild. The partnership between the Jane Goodall Institute and 20th Century Fox will change the lives of these animals and will benefit nearly 150 chimps by giving them a new home and life at the sanctuaries.
In a press release from 20th Century Fox, world-renouned primatologist Jane Goodall commented on how the Planet of the Apes has become so important to saving the lives of these animals:
“I think that the Planet of the Apes series makes people think about the apes and perhaps our relationship to them,” says Dr. Jane Goodall. “And anything that makes us think about our own humanity in relation to the rest of the animal kingdom is important. So I think the series has helped.”
Film director Matt Reeves echoed Goodall’s thoughts by saying he hopes the Planet of the Apes series will spark fresh and new awareness and compassion towards chimpanzees:
“It is an honor and a privilege to partner with the Jane Goodall Institute in providing needed care for our closest living animal relatives,” said the film’s director Matt Reeves. “Over the course of filming Caesar’s cinematic journey, it’s fascinated me to learn so much about apes and chimpanzees, these amazing sentient animals who organize, strategize and even socialize in much the same way as humans. Our hope is this reimagined Apes franchise will spark a fresh awareness, compassion and respect for these majestic species for generations to come.”
As a “thank you” for 20th Century Fox’s contributions and partnership, the Institute announced the that it will be naming the housing center located on the largest of the three sanctuary islands after the hero of the Planet of the Apes films, Ceasar.
War for Planet of the Apes will be swinging into theaters on July 14, 2017.
Photos and Source: 20th Century Fox Press Release