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Chimpanzee Mentors Hollywood Actor For
“Kingdom of the Planet of Apes” Motion Picture

Actor Owen Teague, who stars in “Kingdom of the Planet of Apes”, studied behaviors and mannerisms of chimpanzees at Center for Great Apes in preparation for filming

 

Wauchula, FL – May 6, 2024 – The Center for Great Apes, a sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees in need, is honored to have been a key educational resource for the cast of the 20th Century Studios feature film “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.” Since its founding, the Center for Great Apes has been a beacon of hope for apes transitioning from the entertainment industry to live out their lives in a natural, peaceful and enriched environment. 

Actor Owen Teague, who stars in the lead role of Noa (a young chimpanzee hunter), visited the Center for Great Apes to immerse himself in the world of chimpanzees. During his time spent at the Center for Great Apes, Teague studied the behaviors and mannerisms of a chimpanzee, Bentley, to help him better accurately portray his character, Noa, on screen. 

“For 30 years, we have been accepting great apes from the entertainment industry and we’re honored to have been an educational resource for Owen and the team involved with making ‘Kingdom of the Planet of Apes.’ Sharing our knowledge of these wonderful animals is just one of the ways we ensure they are treated with respect and compassion,” said Patti Ragan, Founder and Director, Center for Great Apes.

By being an educational resource for filmmakers and actors, opportunities such as the one Teague participated in, provides a unique experience to delve in the world of apes, observing and learning their natural instincts and behaviors to enhance the cinematic experience. Audio recordings of orangutan long calls captured at the Center for Great Apes will be utilized in “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes,” enriching the film with authentic ape sounds. 

In addition to studying ape behavior for his role in the film, Teague has been a volunteer at the Center for Great Apes and is a member, emphasizing his dedication to the cause and work the facility is doing. 

For the past three decades, the Center for Great Apes has been a sanctuary for more than 85 great apes rescued from laboratory research, the entertainment industry and the commercial pet trade. Recognizing the inherent challenges faced by these animals, the Center for Great Apes has led the charge in ending the use of apes in entertainment, advocating for their rights and well-being. The Center for Great Apes is the only accredited orangutan sanctuary in the Americas and one of the few accredited true sanctuaries that provides a permanent home for chimpanzees.

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About the Center for Great Apes

The Center for Great Apes is a sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees in need, providing a safe and enriching environment for apes who have been retired or rescued from laboratory research, the entertainment industry, and the commercial pet trade. The facility’s mission is to rescue and rehabilitate these animals and to ensure that they are treated with respect and compassion. The center is located in Wauchula, Florida, and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information or to donate, visit www.centerforgreatapes.org.

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