Trimates - Episode 1
This is the epic story of three women who embarked on lifelong journeys to live with humanity’s closest living relatives, the Great Apes. In fact, we are Great Apes too. We share over 96% of our DNA with them because we share a common ancestor millions of years ago.
The closest cousin is the chimpanzee, followed by the gorilla, and finally by “the person of the forest”, as the majestic orangutan is called in Borneo. We share similar life spans, many behavioural habits and personality traits. Yet half a century ago, we hardly knew anything about them outside of King Kong or Tarzan movies.
Three young women changed all that, and much more: Jane Goodall left England to live with the chimpanzees of Africa, and became one of the most famous women of our time; American Dian Fossey championed the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and met a tragic end, but made her cause legendary; and Canadian Biruté Galdikas went into the deepest jungles of Borneo to live among the orangutans. They became known as the Trimates, celebrated in National Geographic features and in films.
Each one crossed the line from pure science to passionate advocacy, and awoke the world’s awareness about the state of the rainforest, and of the whole planet.