Monday, October 20, 2014

Finding Common Ground with “The Real Apes of the Planet”

Photo courtesy of Animal Planet

We’ve all gone to the zoo and marveled at the fact that chimps, with their expressive faces and distinctive personalities, seem to be just like us. But it takes a special like The Real Apes of the Planet to show just how deep the connection between humans and our primate brethren runs. It’s true that in addition to the fact that we all share large brains, faces with forward facing eyes and opposable thumbs, we also all run the gamut of personality types.

From the tiniest tarsier to the most steadfast silverback gorilla, The Real Apes puts the variety of personality traits in the primate world on display. And in doing so, the special takes the viewer on an globe-spanning journey from the northern most monkeys of Japan to the baboons farthest south in South Africa’s cape.

Along the way, even the most primate-savvy viewer will be shocked to learn the secrets of the primate sects. True, it’s not stunned that these majestic animals have their own ways of using tools and communicating. But you might not have known that there are bands of marauding rhesus macaque’s in India or that bonobo’s are the hippies of the primate family.

We don’t want to give too much away. All we will say is, if you want to see just how closely we are linked to apes, chimps and orangutans be sure not to miss The Real Apes of the Planet. And if you think the only thing really separating us from primates is our ability to use fire… you better stay tuned until the very end. What you see in the show’s final segment will make you believe that The Planet of the Apes could quite possibly be more than a special effects-laden, sci-fi juggernaut.

“The Real Apes of the Planet” premieres on Tuesday, October 21 at 8 P.M. EST/7 P.M. Central on Animal Planet.

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