Baby Chimp Rescue: Series 1 (2020)


Series 1
Baby Chimp Rescue

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At a home for rescued baby chimps in Liberia, orphans from the illegal pet trade receive round-the-clock care. Couple Jim and Jenny Desmond never planned to become surrogate parents to 21 chimpanzees, but now their home is bursting at the seams. Their dream is to build them all a new sanctuary in the forest. With help from friend and chimp specialist Ben Garrod, they teach the orphans the skills they would have learnt from their mothers in the wild. Just when they can't cope with any more chimps, they go out and rescue a new orphan called Miracle from her life on a chain.

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At Liberia's only home for rescued chimpanzees, there are more new arrivals. Jimmy and Jenny Desmond and their team now have 28 chimps to look after, including an eight-week-old baby called Gaia. Plans come together for the new sanctuary in the forest, and the orphans learn to master tools so they can forage for food. But a deadly cold breaks out among the babies, with disastrous consequences. And the team rescues an adult male chimp called Jonny who brings a new set of challenges. The pressure is on to move the chimps to their new home, before things get out of hand.

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At Liberia's only home for rescued chimpanzees, new arrivals keep flooding in. Jimmy and Jenny Desmond and their team are now at breaking point, with 38 chimps to look after round the clock. After losing one of the chimps to illness, they are more determined than ever to build them all a new sanctuary in the forest where they can live like wild chimps. To prepare for the move, the orphans are learning to make their own nests, and they get their first taste of life in the wild. With chimpanzees on the point of extinction in West Africa, the team try to tackle the wider crisis.

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Cast & Crew

Rob Sullivan
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Jo Shinner
Executive Producer

Critic Reviews for Baby Chimp Rescue Series 1

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The predominant emotions in "Baby Chimp Rescue" are wonder and joy. The Desmonds' devotion is beyond incredible, and their natural ability to connect with these creatures is awe-inspiring.

Dec 7, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Baby Chimp Rescue: Series 1

  • Dec 06, 2020
    So many good things about this show. The Desmonds have done amazing work, setting up a sanctuary for chimps. This means the Liberian rangers can tackle the illegal chimp pet and meat trade, as they have somewhere to take the confiscated orphan chimps. I loved watching the chimps, so much fun to watch, fascinating how like us they are. Loved watching the carers with the chimps, amazing to watch them connect and bond. Loved seeing the local people and area, a part of the world I've never been to and now really want to go to. Really hope there are more series. I would love to see these baby chimps grow up over the years. Would be so interesting to see how they behave differently to wild chimps, having humans for Mums, after losing their own.

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