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Jane Goodall to Introduce Nat Geo Wild's 2-Hour Event KINGDOM OF THE APES

For centuries, we've known chimpanzees are fascinating and intelligent animals sharing many qualities with humans, and now we explore deeper into the complex species to reveal their culture and personality. NAT GEO WILD Executive Vice President and General Manager Geoff Daniels announced today the global special Kingdom of the Apes, featuring world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, premiering globally in July on Nat Geo WILD.

"Jane Goodall has been working with great apes for more than 50 years and we are so excited to get an inside look at her apes in Africa," said Daniels. "This special transports us into her wild jungle for a deeper look at these magnificent and intelligent animals."

The documentary is set to sneak preview this weekend at the Sun Valley Film Festival in Idaho, of which NAT GEO WILD is a proud sponsor.

The two-hour television event includes the chimpanzee characters from Tanzania's famed Gombe Stream National Park, where Jane Goodall began her pioneering work more than 50 years ago. Her field study revealed the individual personalities of chimpanzees and the complexities of their communities. Kingdom of the Apes features the life stories of some the best known great apes that have ever lived. Their individual personalities have shaped the fates and fortunes of each of the animal characters. Some of the best natural history behavior pieces together the most dramatic events in the lives of the key great ape characters. We'll see behaviors including the struggle for power and politics, going to war to defend their kingdom, and even using sex as part of their social strategy - questioning the line between what is ape and what is human.

Our closest cousins in the animal kingdom are living out dramas that are totally epic, and yet startlingly familiar. Young warriors go to war, kings rise and fall and mothers lovingly raise their young while preparing them for the challenges ahead. We follow along as two brothers, Frodo and Freud, battle for supremacy in a story worthy of Shakespeare. The ultimate prize for one of them is control of their Gombe kingdom. Then we travel deep into the mountains of Rwanda, where a fearless leader, Titus, king of the mountain gorillas, risks everything to keep his throne safe from his own son.

We witness the trials and tribulations of the animal kingdom. Who will dominate? Who is the smartest? Who has the courage to fight? With similarities so close to humans, we feel their pain and joy. Kingdom of the Apes unveils not only the intricate personalities of the apes, but also the very distinct culture of a group. Their interactions with one another are shockingly epic, and yet startlingly familiar.

Kingdom of the Apes is produced by National Geographic Television for Nat Geo WILD. For National Geographic Television, executive producer is Karen Bass. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Ashley Hoppin; senior Vice president of development and production is Janet Han Vissering; and executive Vice president and general manager is Geoff Daniels.

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