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Disney's 'Chimpanzee' to Benefit Jane Goodall Institute

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Disneynature’s film ‘African Cats’ helped the African Wildlife Foundation save over 50,000 acres of African savanna. Now, a new film will help save chimpanzees.

In a press release, Disneynature has announced that a portion of their first week box office sales from their film ‘CHIMPANZEE‘ will benefit the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) The nonprofit was founded by primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall and works to save great apes through research, public education and advocacy. The film, being released in theatres April 20, 2012, is going to help further that work. A portion of every ticket sale the week of April 20-26 will be donated to JGI through the Disney Widlife Conservation Fund.

‘CHIMPANZEE’ directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield followed a chimp named Oscar and his family in the forests of Africa. Walt Disney Studios President Alan Bergman said, “We are very excited to bring the story of Oscar and his chimpanzee family to the big screen. CHIMPANZEE showcases the incredible personalities and heartwarming relationships of these amazing animals…As part of our company’s ongoing efforts to protect the environment and empower audiences to participate in global conservation, Disneynature is proud to join with Jane Goodall Institute in its efforts to secure a future for chimpanzees in the Republic of Congo.”

Dr. Goodall, also a UN Messenger of Peace, is also excited about the partnership. “The Jane Goodall Institute is proud to work so closely with Disneynature on the release of CHIMPANZEE. JGI has been working in Africa for almost 35 years following on from my research begun in 1960. We are thrilled to extend our impact and efforts through this collaboration to support and celebrate such a wonderful film. Together, we can truly make a difference and are thrilled to have Disneynature join our efforts to protect chimpanzee habitats, care for orphaned chimpanzees in the Republic of Congo and educate a new generation of young people and connect them to nature.”

The movie may not be out until April, but Disneynature says you can get tickets for groups of 20 or more now by calling 1-888-DISNEY6.

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