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MY WILD AFFAIR: The Ape Who Went To College

Airs Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Chantek in Zoo Atlanta. This is the incredible story of Chantek, the oranguta...

Credit: Courtesy of Michelle Philippe

Above: Chantek in Zoo Atlanta. This is the incredible story of Chantek, the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s. Taught to speak in sign language, he is now living among his own kind at Zoo Atlanta, although he describes himself as an “orangutan person.”

Photo credit: Courtesy of Rick Owens

Chantek at 9 months.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Lyn Miles

Chantek with money to pay at drive-through.

MY WILD AFFAIR, a four-part series, reveals extraordinary stories of the bonds between humans and their animal companions, including an orphaned baby elephant, an orangutan raised as a human child, a rhinoceros raised in suburbia and a harbor seal that entered the human world but remained wild at heart.

"The Ape Who Went To College" - This is the incredible story of Chantek, the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s. Taught to speak in sign language, he is now living among his own kind at Zoo Atlanta, although he describes himself as an “orangutan person.”

Visit the Chantek Foundation's website to learn more about Project Chantek, anthropologist Dr. H. Lyn Miles' work with Chantek the orangutan.

"My passionate and life-long commitment is to see Chantek and other enculturated apes as persons living in culture-bearing communities, with agency and choice." - H. Lyn Miles

"The Elephant Who Found A Mom" aired Wednesday, July 16.

"The Rhino Who Joined The Family" aired Wed., July 30 at 8 p.m.

"The Seal Who Came Home" aired Wed., Aug. 6 at 8 p.m.

Watch the full episodes below.

Full Episode: The Ape Who Went to College (Expires 4/30/2019)

This is the incredible story of Chantek, the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s. Taught to speak in sign language, he is now living among his own kind at Zoo Atlanta, although he describes himself as an “orangutan person.”

Full Episode: The Elephant Who Found A Mom (Expires 4/30/19)

This is the heartbreaking story of Aisha, the baby elephant orphan, and Daphne Sheldrick, the woman who became her human foster parent. Their bond reaches a crisis point when Daphne leaves Aisha with a babysitter for a few days. Aisha believes she has lost Daphne for good and refuses to eat, leading to her death. Daphne uses the lessons learned from Aisha's short life to save over 150 orphans.

Full Episode: The Rhino Who Joined The Family (Expires 4/30/19)

Rescued from flooding caused by the damming of the Zambezi River, Rupert, an orphaned black rhinoceros, was brought up in the suburban family home of wildlife vet Dr. John Condy. Rupert captured the hearts of the vet’s four young children before his eventual release into the wild. Fifty years later, the children are searching for clues to their childhood friend’s fate.

Full Episode: The Seal Who Came Home (Expires Expires 4/30/19)

“The Seal Who Came Home” is the true story of Andre, a two-day-old wild harbor seal who, in 1961, was rescued from certain death by Harry Goodridge, an arborist from Rockport, Maine. Over the next 25 years, Andre and Harry established a friendship that brought Andre into the world of humans without Andre’s ever having to sacrifice his wildness.

MY WILD AFFAIR: Series Preview

Hear extraordinary stories of the bonds between humans and their animal companions, including an orphaned baby elephant, an orangutan raised as a human child, a rhinoceros raised in suburbia and a harbor seal that entered the human world but remained wild at heart.

The Elephant Who Found A Mom - Preview

Learn how the death of a baby elephant led to the rescue of more than 150 elephant orphans.

The Ape Who Went to College - Preview

Delve into the story of an orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus.

The Rhino Who Joined the Family - Preview

Join the search for clues to the fate of an orphaned rhinoceros brought up in a wildlife vet’s home.

The Seal Who Came Home - Preview

When a two-day old harbor seal was rescued by an arborist from Maine, the pair established a friendship that would last for the next 25 years.

Think Wednesday Continues July 16th

Learn how the death of a baby elephant led to the rescue of more than 150 elephant orphans on MY WILD AFFAIR. Travel with Richard Smith to meet the cast in the first scenes of the great drama of life on earth on NOVA's "Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Awakening," and travel to Africa to explore the unique reproduction challenges of the largest animal on land on SEX IN THE WILD.

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