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Chimps Find Eden on Animal Planet

Jan 16, 2008  •  Post A Comment

A new show on Animal Planet is the opposite of “Escape From the Planet of the Apes.”
In new series “Escape to Chimp Eden,” instead of men trying to get away from the cruel land ruled by apes, men rescue chimps from a life in cages created by humans.
The co-star of “Escape to Chimp Eden” is Eugene Cussons, South African rescue director for Chimp Eden, a sanctuary at the Jane Goodall Institute in the Mpumalanga region of South Africa.
In each episode, Mr. Cussons helps rescue chimps and prepare them for life in the wild.
“Call it fate, call it divine intervention, but I felt drawn to the cause of rescuing and rehabilitating chimpanzees,” Mr. Cussons said. “I was looking to be part of something bigger than myself.”
Caught up in the turmoil of war-torn countries, chimps frequently become orphans of the bushmeat trade, sold at markets or auctions, according to Animal Planet. Chimps also are caged for entertainment or chained as pets. With only about 150,000 chimps remaining in the wild, the chimpanzee population is being destroyed and the lives of these creatures are being degraded.
Mr. Cussons researches the locations of these chimps and either negotiates or forces them away from their neglectful owners, taking them to the safety of Chimp Eden.
His connection with the chimps is evident when he teaches 11-year-old Cozi to climb a tree for the first time.
“Cozi never had been up a tree before, and I could feel he was nervous of falling but also elated by the new experience,” said Mr. Cussons. “As he put his arm around my shoulders for security, I felt then that, although we belonged to different species, Cozi saw me not just as a friend but a brother he trusted with his life.”
“Escape to Chimp Eden” is produced for Animal Planet by Creative Differences and Triosphere. Phil Fairclough, Dave Harding and Erik Nelson are executive producers for Creative Differences.
Oloff Bergh is an executive producer for Triosphere. Jason Carey is executive producer for Animal Planet.

102 Comments

  1. Did’t know if you had seen this but it looks interesting. I have seen a couple of previews and am now looking forward to seeing the show.
    Love mom

  2. I would like to go work for Mr. Cussons and help him with the chimps. What an awesome thing Mr. Cussons is doing. 60 days notice and I’d be there.
    Carmel

  3. I applaud the new direction that Animal Planet is taking with their new show “Escape to Chimp Eden”. Showing the public the horrible atrocities that humans can inflict on animals and then presenting an outcome of humane and compassionate rescue and rehabilitation of these poor animals can only help the future of animal welfare all over the world.
    BRAVO ANIMAL PLANET!

  4. Oh God, Karen… knock it off with your sanctimonious bravado. You people are annoying.

  5. Michael, there are many people who certainly find your negative comment(s?) annoying. I include myself among them.
    I applaud Karen and others who take the time to support the efforts of those seeking to make the world a better place for all beings.

  6. Hi Michael… I have to ask, what is your problem? You clearly scour the airwaves for things to rebel against. All I can recommend is, please relax. Not everyone is out to get you.
    If you’re in the mood to assemble some legit body-armor in the animal rights fight, I recommend you log on to the “PETA” web site, so that you will actually understand what lunatics are really all about.
    Those folks will actually try to bully themselves into respected vet schools to protest those schools’ use of animals (I’ve been there!). In most vet schools, the animals used for surgery education are purchased from organizations that breed animals for research. By purchasing them, the vet schools are actually “rescuing” those dogs from alternate endings. The vet students gain experience in very necessary surgical techniques, such as spay/neuter surgeries, as well as some essentially benign surgeries (cystotomies, gastrotomies, or enterostomies).
    All I can recommend to you, Michael, is… please try to educate yourself.
    Respectfully,
    Sarah H.
    Vet from MA

  7. i believe cruelty of any being on this planet is an atrosity and we need people like Micheal to stand up for the less furtunate{if humans don’t make this stand who will?]

  8. I am totally against using animals for medical research and training UNLESS it’s strictly to teach vet students how to spay and neuter or do something medically necessary to the dogs and cats in shelters, the return them to be adopted out.
    The use of animals in labs, and BUYING them for research programs SUCKS…and don’t listen to anyone who says otherwise.
    Thank you, PETA and PCRM, for exposing all the atrocities!
    There is also a bill on the books to make it ILLEGAL to purchase dogs and cats from Class B dealers who sell the animals to research facilities. Vote for it!

  9. I have and always will be an animal lover, but my greatest passion is the Great Apes. I am very happy that this show will be airing tonight, so it will hopefully educate the public. These poor helpless beings deserve attention, and I thank everyone who does their part in helping to save them from the CRUEL hands of man. It has been a life long goal of mine to one day help the Great Ape species.

  10. I am really impressed with Mr. Cussons. He seems to have a conection with the chimps that I have never seen. He seems to be 2nd in the enclosure.
    I would like to learn more about these chimps at “Chimp Eden”.

  11. This show kinda sucks dude

  12. I am addicted to the Chimp find Eden with Eugene Cussins. Good luck with the show and the birth of your baby. Lucky Man. Gina

  13. What a wonderful and lovely man Eugene Cussins is! I love to watch his program. I am an animal lover and I can not bless him enough for the work and time he gives to help save chimps. He truly is remarkable.
    I am so happy to find out that he has such a lovely wife. Eugene is so handsome and deserves to have such a beautiful lady. They seem like they were made for one another. I am so happy that their baby was delivered safe and sound. I know that Eugene will pass on his love for saving animals to his child.
    Thank you Eugene!

  14. I love this show so much. I always sit and watch new episodes of Chimp Eden every Friday night. My cable has a recording feature so I would record and watch the show over and over. The chimps are very lovable and I like the fact that there is someone out there who really cares to save these wonderful chimps from an abusive and unhealthy environment. More power to Chimp Eden!!!

  15. I am just in awe of Eugene Cussons and highly applaud his mission to rescue abused & neglected chimps. It is heartbreaking to see the conditions that most of these chimps have come from. It is amazing that they even survived their past circumstances. Watching what little we see for 1/2 hr. each week on Animal Planet bring tears to my eyes, tears of joy because these chimps now can live out the rest of their lives as close to normal as possible. Seeing Mr. Cussons interact with the chimps is amazing…he certainly has a gift from above. Seeing the chimps interact with each other is testament to this man’s and all the staff’s hard work & dedication. When I was younger, I wanted to be Jane Goodall, or work with her in some way. Chimpanzees have always been my favorite wildlife animal. Of course, I never did, but because of “Escape to Chimp Eden”, I can take enormous pleasure & pride in the rehabilitation of the chimps and donate money to help the cause. Thank you JGI, thank you staff at Chimp Eden and, expecially, thank you Mr. Cussons.

  16. Eugene, I applaud you and your tv producers for this wonderful and provocative Chimpanzee show. I watch the episodes again and again. Each time I see something I missed the time before. You are such a gentle and caring man. The young lady that had her finger bitten off at the tip surely loves those Chimps!! God bless her and all of you on Escape to Chimp Eden. I LOVE it.

  17. Can someone tell me when is the the show returning or is that the end of the series.

  18. Hi, I love your show “chimp eden”.
    I watch the show where Jao attack you while you were in the tree.
    This is just a though do you think Jao attack you in the tree because you “challage” him and did not show “respect”, in front of the other chimps. Jao put out his hand to you, to help him up the tree, like the other chimps.
    Even though Jao knew how to clime the tree he must of though you should help him up the tree first as the “leader” and showing him “respect”.
    Thank you, keep up the good work. Valrie

  19. Does anyone know if the show is returning for another season? How can I find out?

  20. What happened to the show? Will it continue to be aired?

  21. I love Chimp Eden, what happened to it. Is it off the air ???

  22. I was addicted to Escape to Chimp Eden with Eugene Cussins. I am sad that the show doesn’t seem to be on anymore even in re-runs. I wanted to introduce it to a very good friend of mine. How can I find a video on the computer so he can see one of the episodes. Appreciate hearing back.

  23. Please let me know what happened to the Show. I was very addicted to it and loved Eugene Cussins, his caring, dedication and loving kindness. I have a friend who reminds me so much of him, both in looks and personality. How can I find a video of one of the shows on the computer. Could you please let me know and also if the show will be on again, even if in re-run. Thank you.

  24. I haven’t seen it on for a while. What happened to it? It can’t be over already I think it just starded in March or April.
    Thank you

  25. what happened to escape to chimp eden? my ole’ man and i miss it

  26. The show hasn’t been on! What happened? The scheduling shows it is supposed to be aired on Thursdays at 10:00pm but it is not on!!
    Please tell us what happened!!
    Thank You

  27. I live in the mid west, Wisconsin Minnesotta border. We have been very upset because “Escape to Chimp Esen” was suddenly stopped on Animal planet. Can you tell me Why? and if it will return? We anxiously awaited each weekly show. We felt it to be an extroadanary show for educating our children and out grandchildren. When will it return?
    Please notify
    regards,
    sandy thompson

  28. I live in the mid west, Wisconsin Minnesotta border. We have been very upset because “Escape to Chimp Esen” was suddenly stopped on Animal planet. Can you tell me Why? and if it will return? We anxiously awaited each weekly show. We felt it to be an extroadanary show for educating our children and out grandchildren. When will it return?
    Please notify
    regards,
    sandy thompson

  29. I really miss seeing Escape to Camp Eden on TV. I got to know Cozi and all the other chimps. I was exciting to see Cozi cuddle up to the new babies and protect them. Plus the human cartakers. I wonder how Sugene and his wife and new baby are doing.
    I hope the program returns.

  30. I really miss seeing Escape to Camp Eden on TV. I got to know Cozi and all the other chimps. I was exciting to see Cozi cuddle up to the new babies and protect them. Plus the human cartakers. I wonder how Sugene and his wife and new baby are doing.
    I hope the program returns.

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  32. chimp edent was wonderful and it no longer has been on and with no notice of it not viewing anymore. why?

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  34. WILL THERE BE A DVD FOR SERIES 2? I have series 1–I LOVE YOUR SHOW!!!!! BUT IT ISN’T ALWAYS AIRED. How can i find the schedule for your show PLEASE DON’T TELL IT HAS BEEN CANCELLED I WOULD BE VERY VERY UPSEPT. What is happening with ESCAPE TO CHIMP EDEN please let me know. Thankyou

  35. Will you be putting out a DVD for season two –I love your show sooooooooo much but was cancelled I am very upset about the whole thing.
    Will you be making DVD’S about escape to chimp eden –I miss Cozi . Please let me know if there are any dvd’s about your show —THANKYOU

  36. i love this program! I’m up at 6am every orning and it used to be on for an hour. I live in Boston. Everything is enchanging about the show except the sound quality. with with the south african accents and the chimps screaming in the back ground I can hardly hear what they’re saying, esp. eugene’s mgr. since he also has a very thick ‘african” accent. Is there anything that can be done to improve the quality – chimps quieter in background, humans louder. I’m lucky because i used to watch the show for a complete hour, then they stuck in organ island for half hour, and then half hour of chimp eden, but its still usually five days a week (M-F) its a wonderful show and don’t ever take it off!
    a faithful viewer
    sharon

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  38. all i now that i am sad that i am not seeing all the chimps on escape to chimps of edan,…….i really miss them. and not only knowing if they will be back on or not. i would like to now if jessica was the alpha female or martha.????? dissapointed. however it would come back would be interesting

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  41. i just love this show he has give up his life to rescue and rehabilitate, how unselfish and to have a underestanding wife Sasha i wish the best for your new baby and i know god will bless you and your family for doing his work and thanks to all the rest of the rescuers out there i cant say enough praise. i get up quite early not to miss the show im hooked

  42. My husband and I are watching Escape to Chimp Eden, now I have my Son and his wife and two sons watching it. We all love this wonderful, learning, loving and informative program. We wished that it was on a different time, like more like during the daytime viewing hours or in the early evening. We love this program and I am sixty five years old and this program is so beyond wonderful. One can learn a lot from these Chimps about how to have a loving family and how caring they are to each other and how they look out after one another. Please give it a different time slot and I know with every breath I take, this could be one of your best programs ever. It deserves that chance. Please keep this program on your schedule of programs and I know within my heart this program WILL BE A WINNER for you, for many months to come. Thank You, M/M Clint and Lois Hazlett: 402 Dairy Street: Titusville, Pa. 16354. Thank You again. Please keep this program going. It is a must see.

  43. My husband and I are watching Escape to Chimp Eden, now I have my Son and his wife and two sons watching it. We all love this wonderful, learning, loving and informative program. We wished that it was on a different time, like more like during the daytime viewing hours or in the early evening. We love this program and I am sixty five years old and this program is so beyond wonderful. One can learn a lot from these Chimps about how to have a loving family and how caring they are to each other and how they look out after one another. Please give it a different time slot and I know with every breath I take, this could be one of your best programs ever. It deserves that chance. Please keep this program on your schedule of programs and I know within my heart this program WILL BE A WINNER for you, for many months to come. Thank You, M/M Clint and Lois Hazlett: 402 Dairy Street: Titusville, Pa. 16354. Thank You again. Please keep this program going. It is a must see.

  44. what does it mean when the chimps walk upright and clap their hands? that they’re just happy to be alive, or think that eugene is a hottie (and a chimp whisperer) or what?
    let me know please
    thank you

  45. what does it mean when the chimps walk upright and clap their hands? that they’re just happy to be alive, or think that eugene is a hottie (and a chimp whisperer) or what?
    let me know please
    thank you

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  102. why does this show keep televising the same season of the chimps? If its being used as a filler please stop. I’m sure there’s many more shows to repeat than this one. This repeat airing has been going on it seems like for years!!!! Great show but give us a break.Who is doing the programming ? Apparently someone that doesn’t care. I watch many shows that are aired from 12:00AM to 5:00 AM that could be used to fill in.

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