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Eugene Cussons's new book "Saving Chimpanzees is available for South African residents at all good retailers or by ordering direct from Chimp Eden.

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Saving Chimpanzees Teaser


Saving Chimpanzees Book

In this moving account of his work with chimpanzees, Eugene Cussons – host of Animal Planet’s Escape to Chimp Eden and director at Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimp Eden Sanctuary – tells a story of devotion, survival and renewal.
In this latter capacity he is committed to rescuing abused and abandoned chimpanzees all over the world, but most notably in wartorn countries like Angola and the Sudan. A tireless champion of man’s closest relative, Eugene risks life and limb, and battles bureaucratic red tape in his rescue efforts. Saving Chimpanzees recounts his experiences on the many rescue missions he has undertaken

This updated edition includes a section on the recent traumatic events at Chimp Eden. Eugene Cussons explains the reasons for the chimpanzees' attack on a researcher and provides an insider's glimpse into the events of that fateful day.


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Here is what people are saying so far

"This book will warm your heart." - Dr. Jane Goodall

"As I read the first three pages of the book (he wrote it himself), I literally had sweaty palms, and not just because the situation Cussons faced was so intense, but because he is also a brilliant writer" - Read the Full Review

"Once I started reading the book, I couldn't put it down. It is captivating and fascinating. Eugene is a natural-born story teller."

" ...a good book and a good writer successfully insinuate the reader into the story ; the reader feels the emotions and the drama as it unfolds. This book surely did that!!"

"As soon as I picked up the book I knew it was going to be a long night. Read until 3:30 am! Soooo good."


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Questions and Answers with Eugene

Q & A:


1. Why did you decide to write a book?

When I met Jane on her second visit to the sanctuary she encouraged me to write a book after hearing of some of the rescue stories. I would honestly not have gone through with it if it wasn’t for a very persistent editor with Penguin books that checked in with me once every month to encourage me to commit. Eventually I caved but I had no idea that I would have more fun writing then filming a show.


2. Transition from filming to writing. What was this like?

Writing a book is a personal journey, obviously this book was about my adventures and for the first time I get to put my thoughts and opinions down to share with people, this is not always the case with filming because a production has its own direction and is about telling a specific story line. The book in a way gives people access to what was going through my head and not just what I got up to.


3. Was it easy sharing your experiences?

I like the feeling that comes from being honest and this book was a way of really telling it like it is. What was going through my head at a certain point in time can only really be conveyed through a book. Cameras weren’t always around to capture my greatest adventures and now I can share that with people.


4. What was your favorite rescue?

If favorite can be described as the rescue that gave the most satisfaction, it was undoubtedly Cozy’s rescue. It was a rollercoaster ride that could have tanked at any time. I remember arranging with airline personnel to allow me to stand and watch as they brought the cargo to be loaded. The moment Cozy’s crate was loaded into the A340 Airbus; I breathed a sigh of relief unparallel to any before.


5. The most dangerous situation you found yourself in?

There were many but undoubtedly the Lebanon mission, the book described in detail how the mission went and I honestly believed that our lives were in danger if we stayed on.


6. What’s in your mission bag?




Battery Powered Drill

Self-drilling screws

Sony PD 150 Video camera

Energy Bars

Tabasco (kills bugs dead)

Mosquito spray

Kantrexil (never go into Africa without it)

Cable ties

Cable reinforced leg string (100 % guaranteed to safe your life, make fire, climb rope or act as Tunicae)

Thuraya Satellite Phone

Victorinox Multi-tool


TAG Heuer (not to look good but to trade in case all goes pair shaped and you have to bargain for your life)


7. What is your favorite tool?

SWAT rope kit and Timberland Boots, it’s a tie. The later is the only boot that will keep your feet dry from walking in fluids that should not be named.


8. What chimp has the best concentration when learning?



9. The worst?

Cozy…but that’s OK


10. Was it worth it?

You bet.