Dr. J takes you behind the scenes of Disney+ series 'Meet the Chimps'

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020
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Dr. Raven Jackson helps care for more than 300 chimpanzees at Chimp Haven.

NEW YORK -- What is it like to work with a group of 300 chimpanzees or live among them? You can find out in the new six-part National Geographic series on Disney+ "Meet the Chimps."

Chimp Haven is a 200-acre refuge tucked deep in the forested heart of Louisiana.

Dr. Raven Jackson-Jewett, better known as Dr. J, took some time to share just what it's like behind the scenes at Chimp Haven.

"One thing you will see is how chimpanzees make a life of retirement and that will be included through the story of a chimp named Midge," Dr. J said.

Emmy-Award winning actress Jane Lynch narrates the series. It not only gives you an inside look at the caretaking of the animals, but also takes you inside their lives and the dynamics of their family and community.

"Chimpanzees really have personalities that are similar to our own," Dr. J said.

You'll see food squabbles, alliances, romances, 'bromances', tears, tantrums, high jinxes and heartbreaks.

"It's a beautiful blend between education and excitement," she said.

Dr. J is a mother to five little humans and caregiver to all of the chimps. She works tirelessly to keep retirees healthy and thriving, and due to her nurturing spirit, the chimps always love a visit from Dr. J, even if she happens to be carrying a needle that day.

Don't miss "Meet the Chimps" this Friday, October 16th on Disney+.