WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES movie poster | © 2017 20th Century Fox

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES movie poster | © 2017 20th Century Fox

While they both focus on chimpanzees, the PLANET OF THE APES film series and real-world primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall aren’t generally thought of together. However,20th Century Fox has partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute to provide care for rescued chimpanzees in honor of the latest installment of the film franchise, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, due out July 14. Chimpanzees are hunted by humans in some areas for food, they are losing enormous amounts of habitat and some are unwisely kept as pets (great apes are very powerful and can, even unintentionally, inflict great bodily harm). Spread out over three island colonies and one mainland site at the Institute’s Tchimpounga Center in the Republic of Congo, the sanctuary provides a new home for nearly one hundred and fifty chimps. The center on Tchindzoulou Island will be renamed “Caesar’s Home,” in honor of the main chimpanzee character played by Andy Serkis in WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (and previously played by Roddy McDowall in 1972’s CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and 1973’s BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES).

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES is the third in the new cycle of APES films (following 2011’s RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and 2014’s DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, both also starring Serkis as Caesar). In WAR, Caesar finds himself and his simian followers menaced by a ruthless human military faction, led by Woody Harrelson’s colonel. The conflict has dire stakes.

Born in England, Goodall is considered the world’s foremost authority on chimpanzees. Initially a protégé of Dr. Louis Leakey, Goodall began in 1960 what would become a fifty-five year study of the chimpanzees of Gombe Stream National Park. She remains a prominent advocate for primates and other animals, as well as for the environment. Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977.

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