Chimp Empire: A Netflix Series About The Life Of Chimpanzees In Uganda

Chimp Empire is a Netflix television series about chimpanzees, narrated by Mahershala Ali. Set in the Ngogo rainforest, it follows the lives of rival groups of chimpanzees.

Sep 20, 2023 - 22:44
Oct 22, 2023 - 13:53

Have you ever wondered what it is like to live in a society of chimpanzees? How do they communicate, cooperate, compete, and cope with the challenges of their environment? How do they form alliances, friendships, rivalries, and romances? How do they deal with conflicts, threats, and losses?

If you are curious about these questions, you might want to watch Chimp Empire, a new Netflix documentary series that takes you inside the world of a large community of chimpanzees living in a forest in Uganda. The series is narrated by Mahershala Ali, an Emmy-nominated actor, and directed by James Reed, an Oscar-winning filmmaker. The series has four episodes, each focusing on a different aspect of the chimp empire.

Chimp Empire



Narrated by

Mahershala Ali

Original language


Release date

April 19, 2023 (United Kingdom)

Film Location

Ngogo rainforest.


Episode 1: Paradise 

The first episode, "The King", introduces us to the leader of the chimp community, Alpha. He is a powerful and charismatic male who has been ruling for over a decade. He has many loyal followers who respect and obey him, but he also faces constant challenges from ambitious rivals who want to overthrow him. The episode shows how Alpha maintains his authority and protects his territory from intruders.

Episode 2: Others 

The second episode, "The Queen", follows the story of Beta, the highest-ranking female in the chimp society. She is Alpha's favourite mate and the mother of his children. She enjoys many privileges and benefits from her status, but she also has to deal with the jealousy and hostility of other females who envy her position. The episode reveals how Beta balances her roles as a mother, a lover and a leader.


Episode 3: War

The third episode, "The Rebel", tells the tale of Gamma, a young and rebellious male who is dissatisfied with his low rank in the chimp hierarchy. He is always looking for opportunities to challenge Alpha and his allies, but he also risks being punished or banished for his actions. He is not alone in his quest for power, as he has some friends who share his vision and support him. The episode shows how Gamma plots and executes his plans to rise up the ranks.


Episode 4: Reckoning 

The fourth episode, "The Outcast", focuses on Delta, a female who was born with a rare genetic condition that makes her look different from other chimps. She has white fur on her face and body, which makes her stand out from the crowd. She is often shunned and bullied by other chimps who see her as an outsider or a freak. She struggles to fiwelfare.  tance and belonging in the chimp society. The episode shows how Delta copes with her isolation and finds her place in the world.

The Chimp Empire is a fascinating and captivating series that gives us a glimpse into the lives of our closest relatives. It shows us how much we have in common with them, but also how much we differ from them. It reveals their intelligence, emotions, personalities, and culture. It also raises important questions about their conservation and welfare.

If you are interested in watching The Chimp Empire, you can find it on Netflix. You can also learn more about the series and the chimps on its official website. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did.


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