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NATURE The Gorilla King

Titus, king of the mountain gorillas of Rwanda, is one of only 700 of his kind alive today. Ian Redmond documents Titus’ extraordinary life, from his early days to his rise to power as a silverback. Monday, January 5th, 7pm PBS-World

Titus, king of the mountain gorillas

In 1974, renowned primatologist Dian Fossey introduced a young researcher named Kelly Stewart to a gorilla family Fossey was studying. Stewart, daughter of actor Jimmy Stewart, was the first to see a tiny new baby gorilla, whom she named Titus. Her journal entry began the up-close observation of his life that researchers have continued to this day.

Titus’ turbulent life story, from orphan to ruler and the challenge to his throne today, is chronicled on NATURE’s The Gorilla King, re-airing Monday, January 5th 7:00 p.m. on PBS-World. Academy Award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham narrates.

Find out more about the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and see previews at pbs.org

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