Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History

An entire population of chimpanzees has lived among us for well over a century. They've entertained us. They've traveled into space. They've served as human stand-ins for medical science. But what happens when chimps outlive their usefulness?

Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History takes the audience on an emotionally gripping journey into the lives of seven chimpanzees living in North America. Through their stories, we are given a glimpse into a dark history with our closest living relatives. It's a reality that few of us know – despite the roughly 2400 chimpanzees living among us ...

Today a lucky few are emerging from the shadows. This is a story of second chances.


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Producer, Writer, & Director
Allison Argo

Associate Producer
Cici Clark

Cob Carlson
Allison Argo

Music Composition
Tom Phillips

Bill Casey
Brett Wiley
Andrew Young
Liz Argo

Paul Rusnak
Francois Proulx

Allison Argo

Online Editor & Colorist
Dave Allen

Sound Edit & Design
Heart Punch Studio
Cob Carlson

Sound Design & Mix
Ed Campbell

Additional Camera
David W. Akin
Chris Szwedo
Michael Williams

Stock Footage
Framepool Film Stock Library
NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
National Archives and Records Administration
NBC News Archives
North Carolina Zoo
NZP Photo Archives
San Diego Union Tribune

Associated Press
The Seattle Times
Thomas M. Butler, DVM

Special Thanks
Center for Great Apes
Fauna Foundation
Save the Chimps
Larry Barnhart
Thomas M. Butler, DVM
David Cassidy
Ed Dittmer
Ray Greek, MD
Eric Kleiman
Dr. Fred Prince
Nancy Megna
Millie Weary
Chimpanzee Collaboratory
Primate Rescue Center
Chimp Haven
Dr. Theo Capaldo
US Fish & Wildlife Service
Our deepest thanks to all the chimpanzees