The Changing Ape: In the sweltering heart of Senegal, in a place called Fongoli, a chimpanzee performs an earth-shattering act. She strips a branch of its leaves, chews the tip into a point and jams the tool into a hole in a tree, killing a bushbaby. In short, she has been making tools and using them to hunt. Only humans are supposed to be capable of that. We take an eye-opening scientific journey that reveals as much about ourselves as the remarkable chimps of Fongoli. Gorilla Murders: In July 2007, six mountain gorillas were found murdered, execution-style by gunfire. Photojournalist Brent Stirton was there on assignment and he documented the scene. His photographs captured the attention of the world. Only an estimated 700 of these primates remain in the wild and now there were six fewer. National Geographic reveals how Virunga had become one of the most dangerous places on earth, a perfect storm of military corruption, imperiled conservation and refugee desperation. Ape Genius: National Geographic presents a lively synthesis of new research that reveals the critical gap between ape minds and our own. Both apes and humans learn from others by observation but only humans show other individuals new skills. We are in a league of our own because our minds have specific cognitive and emotional skills that allow us teach other.
Release Date: 19 July 2010
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification